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Lightning fall behind early; lose at Panthers 4-2

Lightning and Panthers will play again Thursday at 6 p.m.

by Bryan Burns /

Same opponent, same result for the Tampa Bay Lightning.

The Florida Panthers handed the Lightning their second-straight preseason defeat on Tuesday, downing the Bolts 4-2 at the BB&T Center in Sunrise, two days after beating Tampa Bay by the same score at AMALIE Arena.

The Lightning fall to 2-3-0 in the preseason with two more games left on the exhibition schedule: Thursday at Florida (6 p.m. puck drop) and Saturday at Nashville (8 p.m. puck drop).

Video: Highlights | FLA 4, TBL 2Jonathan Huberdeau scored a pair of second-period goals to give Florida (3-0-1) a lead it would never relinquish. Huberdeau netted the first 42 seconds into the middle frame to open the scoring and hit the back of the net on the power play 5:15 later to make it 2-0 Florida.

Huberdeau has scored three goals in two games against the Lightning. Aleksander Barkov assisted on both of Huberdeau's second-period goals.

Tampa Bay got a goal back at 7:35 of the third period when Dan Girardi's shot from the point was deflected past Panthers goalie Roberto Luongo (38 saves) by Ryan Callahan for the alternate captain's first goal and second point of the preseason. Girardi and Vladislav Namestnikov earned the assists for each's first preseason point.

Video: Bolts late surge falls short in loss to PanthersConnor Brickley put Florida back up by two goals, 3-1 with 7:04 remaining, tallying just as a Panthers' power play came to an end.

With the Lightning net empty for the extra attacker, Nikita Kucherov beat Luongo with 1:03 to go to cut the deficit to 3-2. Brayden Point and Mikhail Sergachev picked up the assists.

Vincent Trocheck pushed home an empty netter seconds later to ice the game for the Panthers, Barkov earning his third assist of the night on the score.

Andrei Vasilevskiy received his second start of the preseason and once again played the whole game, making 29-of-32 saves in defeat.

Florida finished 1-for-4 on the power play while Tampa Bay was 0-for-5. The Lightning have allowed six power-play goals in five preseason games.

The Bolts outshot the Panthers 40-33. Brayden Point finished with a game-high seven shots. Kucherov had six.

Anton Stralman made his preseason debut on Tuesday after returning from an undisclosed injury.

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