Tampa Bay's second line led the Bolts to a 2-1 win over the Panthers at the BB&T Center in Sunrise on Tuesday.
The trio of Alex Killorn, Anthony Cirelli and Steven Stamkos combined for four points as the Lightning picked up a key two points over their in-state rivals.
Stamkos got the Lightning on the board first less than seven minutes into the game. After Killorn forced a turnover along the boards, Stamkos deked past Sergei Bobrovsky and scored on his forehand to put the Lightning in front.
Early in the second period, Killorn stretched Tampa Bay's lead to two. Killorn swept the puck past Bobrovsky from the right wing after a rebound went right to his stick.
Video: TBL@FLA: Killorn backhands rebound into the twine
Where a video review ended up costing the Lightning a goal - and key shift in momentum - in Monday's loss to the Islanders, review came to the Bolts' aid in Sunrise. Midway through the third period, Brett Connolly thought he had pulled the Panthers back within a goal but the refs reviewed the play and determined the puck had been deflected with a high stick.
That review became even more important after Evgenii Dadonov scored with two minutes to play in regulation. Andrei Vasilevskiy got a big piece of a shot from Jonathan Huberdeau but the puck trickled through his equipment and Dadonov was stationed on the back door to tap the puck over the goal line.
Tampa Bay was strong in all aspects of Tuesday's game. Although the Lightning only broke through for two goals, Tampa Bay controlled the puck for long stretches of the game and ended up outshooting the Panthers 48-28. The Bolts also dramatically improved their special teams performance, going a perfect 3-for-3 on the penalty kill and generating nine shots on goal in two power play opportunities.
The win keeps the Lightning a point back of third place in the Atlantic Division. The Bolts now sit on 33 points, one behind Montreal.
Things don't get any easier for the Bolts as they return home to open a four-game homestand that begins on Thursday night against the Bruins.
TBL | 6:42 Steven Stamkos (11) - Alex Killorn
TBL | 4:51 Alex Killorn (9) - Anthony Cirelli, Erik Cernak
FLA | 18:00 Evgenii Dadonov (12) - Jonathan Huberdeau, Mike Hoffman