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Goalie Tim Thomas makes Panthers' debut in Lightning's 3-2 victory in OT

Thursday, 09.26.2013 / 11:05 PM / News

The Canadian Press

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Goalie Tim Thomas makes Panthers' debut in Lightning's 3-2 victory in OT

ESTERO, Fla. - Nikita Kucherov's goal at 4:04 of overtime gave the Tampa Bay Lightning a 3-2 preseason win over the Florida Panthers on Thursday night.

Tim Thomas, signed to a one-year deal by the Panthers on Thursday, started the game. Jacob Markstrom finished the game.

"I think it was a necessary step to do it now rather than waiting," Thomas said. "I feel ready now."

Kucherov's goal capped a rally from a 2-0 deficit for Tampa Bay.

Tyler Johnson and Richard Panik also scored for the Lightning.

Panik and Martin St. Louis exchanged great passes on the game-tying goal at 6:30 of the third period.

Florida took a 2-0 lead on two power-play goals by Jonathan Huberdeau.

Ben Bishop earned the victory and made 26 saves for Tampa Bay.

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