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Lightning close out successful weekend with win over Panthers

Kucherov has three points and Domingue sets a new franchise record as the Bolts defeat the Panthers 5-2

by Jacob Lynn /

Nikita Kucherov led with way with three points as the Lightning defeated the Panthers 5-2 at the BB&T Center on Sunday evening.

The Lightning forward scored twice and added an assist to break out of a 10-game scoreless drought.

Kucherov opened the scoring, beating Panthers goaltender James Reimer with a shot from the circle four minutes into the game.

Steven Stamkos doubled the Lightning's lead 12 minutes into the second period. Stamkos went hard to the net and redirected a feed from Anton Stralman past Reimer.

Video: TBL@FLA: Callahan nets backhand on breakaway

After Frank Vatrano pulled the Panthers back within a goal, Ryan Callahan scored on a breakaway to build the Lightning's lead back up to two. Mathieu Joseph was able to push the puck forward to Callahan who beat Reimer on a backhand. Callahan was added to the lineup after the team announced that Ondrej Palat was day-to-day with an upper-body injury and wouldn't be able to dress.

Denis Malgin closed out a back-and-forth second period, scoring 59 seconds after Callahan to make it a one-goal game headed into the third period. 

Power play goals from Brayden Point and Kucherov in the third period, however, helped the Bolts put the game away.

In addition to Kucherov's solid performance, four other Lightning players registered multi-point outings. Steven Stamkos (1G, 1A), Brayden Point (1G, 1A), J.T. Miller (2A) and Anton Stralman (2A) all found their way onto the scoresheet multiple times.

Video: TBL@FLA: Kucherov bags PPG for his second goal

Louis Domingue made 25 saves in goal to secure his 10th-consecutive victory and set a new franchise record for consecutive wins by a goaltender.

Tampa Bay's victory also secures a sweep of the four-game regular season series vs. the Panthers.

The Lightning now return to Tampa to begin a three-game homestand that gets underway on Tuesday night vs. the Flames.

Scoring Summary
1st Period
TBL | 4:02 Nikita Kucherov (23) - Victor Hedman, Anton Stralman

2nd Period
TBL | 12:08 Steven Stamkos (29) - Anton Stralman, J.T. Miller
FLA | 13:11 Frank Vatrano (19) - Jonathan Huberdeau, Mike Matheson
TBL | 17:51 Ryan Callahan (6) - Mathieu Joseph
FLA | 18:50 Denis Malgin (6) - Troy Brouwer, Riley Sheahan

3rd Period
TBL | 4:25 Brayden Point (32) - J.T. Miller, Nikita Kucherov - PPG
TBL | 19:12 Nikita Kucherov (24) - Steven Stamkos, Brayden Point - PPG  

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