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Jonathan Drouin scores only goal of shootout as Lightning beat Panthers 5-4 in preseason

Saturday, 09.21.2013 / 10:25 PM / News

The Canadian Press

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Jonathan Drouin scores only goal of shootout as Lightning beat Panthers 5-4 in preseason

TAMPA, Fla. - Jonathan Drouin scored the only goal in the shootout to lift the Tampa Bay Lightning over the Florida Panthers 5-4 in a preseason game Saturday night.

Steven Stamkos had a goal and two assists in regulation for the Lighting (4-0-0), putting them ahead 4-3 at the 7:35 mark of the third period before Bobby Butler tied it for the Panthers (2-2-1) with 58 seconds remaining — his second goal of the game.

Ryan Malone and Martin St. Louis scored in the first to give Tampa Bay a 2-0 lead at the end of the period. Erik Gudbranson and Dmitry Kulikov scored in the second to help the Panthers pull to 3-2 heading into the third.

J.T. Brown scored for the Lightning in the second.

Ben Bishop stopped 25 shots for the Lightning, while Jacob Markstrom made 29 saves for the Panthers.

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I don't think it's really truly going to sink in until we drop the puck, to be honest. I know there's going to be a lot of smoke and mirrors with the media attention and all that. We came [Monday] and it was sort of a light day to get things organized. We just want to focus in on the business aspect, the game itself. That's what we're preparing to do. Get these next couple of days out of the way and it's game on.

— Lightning captain Steven Stamkos on playing in his first Stanley Cup Final