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Bolts head into holiday break on a high note with win over Panthers

Brayden Point led the way with four points in Tampa Bay's 6-1 win over Florida on Monday

by Jacob Lynn @TBLightning / TampaBayLightning.com

The Lightning collected a crucial two points on Monday night with a 6-1 win over the Florida Panthers at Amalie Arena.

Not only did the victory snap a two-game losing skid, it pulled Tampa Bay within a point of the Panthers in the division standings and provides some momentum heading into this week's holiday break.

Tampa Bay got off to a fast start, opening up a three-goal lead through 20 minutes.

Video: FLA@TBL: Sergachev nets PPG to add to lead

It took the Bolts just 41 seconds to find the back of the net with Brayden Point scoring off a deflection of an Erik Cernak shot. Victor Hedman doubled the Lightning's lead on a shot from the point with five minutes remaining in the period and Mikhail Sergachev added a power play goal late to make it 3-0.

After Jonathan Huberdeau scored on a power play early in the second period to cut the lead to two, the Lightning quickly struck back and put the game out of reach.

Three minutes later, Alex Killorn got the goal right back with a power play goal of his own, chipping the puck over Sergei Bobrovsky from in tight. Midway through the period, the Lightning pushed the lead to four on another power play goal, this time off the stick of Nikita Kucherov.

Hedman added his second goal of the game late in the third period to round out the scoring.

Point led the way offensively, recording a goal and adding three assists. On the other end of the ice, Andrei Vasilevskiy delivered a 29-save performance in the victory.

Video: FLA@TBL: Vasilevskiy robs Barkov's power-play chance

The power play delivered a bounce back performance after going 0-for-7 in Saturday's loss to the Capitals. Tampa Bay converted on three of their four opportunities on Monday to build the lead.

Monday's win means the Lightning also secured a winning record versus their Atlantic Division rivals. Tampa Bay finishes the regular season having gone 3-1-0 against the Panthers.

The holiday break means the Bolts will be off until next Saturday when they open a back-to-back against the Canadiens.

Scoring Summary
1st Period
TBL | 0:41 Brayden Point (14) - Erik Cernak, Nikita Kucherov
TBL | 15:06 Victor Hedman (8) - Brayden Point, Ondrej Palat
TBL | 18:03 Mikhail Sergachev (6) - Ondrej Palat - PPG

2nd Period
FLA | 2:47 Jonathan Huberdeau (14) - Aaron Ekblad, Vincent Trochek - PPG
TBL | 5:53 Alex Killorn (11) - Steven Stamkos, Victor Hedman - PPG
TBL | 9:52 Nikita Kucherov (13) - Brayden Point, Steven Stamkos - PPG

3rd Period
TBL | 18:05 Victor Hedman (9) - Nikita Kucherov, Brayden Point

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