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Ryan Malone scores in shootout to help Lightning beat Panthers 4-3

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SUNRISE, Fla. - Ryan Malone beat backup goalie Craig Anderson with a wrist shot to give the Tampa Bay Lightning a 4-3 shootout victory over the Florida Panthers on Friday night in the first game of a home-and-home series.

Adam Hall and Jussi Jokinen also scored in the shootout for Tampa Bay, and Cory Stillman and Nathan Horton countered for Florida.

Steve Eminger, Mark Recchi and Evgeny Artyukhin scored in regulation for the Lightning. Tampa Bay, coming off a 2-0 victory over Pittsburgh, has won consecutive games for the first time since a three-game streak from Oct. 28-Nov. 1.

Bryan McCabe scored the tying goal for Florida with 13.9 seconds left in regulation. Keith Ballard and Stillman added goals for the Panthers, who have lost only three times in regulation in their last 16 games (9-3-4).

Mike Smith stopped 25 shots for Tampa Bay.

Florida goalie Tomas Vokoun, coming off back-to-back shutouts, gave up three goals on 27 shots before being replaced by Anderson after the second period.

Eminger opened the scoring 11:24 into the game when Vokoun misplayed his long slap shot. Eminger fired a shot as he skated to the blue-line and it went off Vokoun's stick into the top of the net.

The goal ended Vokoun s shutout streak at 131 minutes.

Recchi broke a 1-1 tie at 16:53 of the second period when he tipped Eminger's one-timer in front of the net.

Artyukhin made it 3-1 at 18:27 when his backhand went between Vokoun's legs. It was part of a busy night for Artyukhin, who also was involved in two fights.

Stillman scored a power-play goal at 13:37 of the third to make it 3-2. He grabbed a loose puck at the side of the crease and put it into the open net.

Notes: Eminger tied a season high with his three-point game. ... Florida D Jassen Cullimore missed his second consecutive game because of a hand injury. ... Ballard's goal was his 100th career point. ... Vokoun failed in his first try for his 200th career victory.

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