Game Recap – Tampa Bay VS Florida: Lightning Win 5-2

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Tampa Bay Lightning VS Florida Panthers Recap

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First Period

The Lightning struck tonight in Florida. They started off strong in the first period with Nikita Kucherov scoring the first Lightning goal of the night. Victor Hedman and Anton Stralman assisted on the goal. The Lightning defense also did well tonight, hold strong in the first and keeping the Panthers scoreless in the first.
End of the First Period: 1-0 Tampa Bay Lightning

Second Period

Both teams came out ready to score in the second. First, was a second Lightning goal, scored by Steven Stamkos and assisted by Anton Stralman and J.T. Miller. Next, Frank Vatrano scored the first Florida Panthers goal of the night. He was assisted by Jonathan Huberdeau and Mike Matheson. Ryan Callahan then retaliated with another Lightning goal to add to their lead. With less than 2 minutes in the second Denis Malgin scored a second goal for the Panthers with Troy Brouwer and Riley Sheahan assisting. Effectively, this ended the second with the Tampa Bay Lightning leading by 1 goal.
End of the Second Period: 3-2 Tampa Bay Lightning

Third Period

The Lightning came out ready to finish the game strong in the third period. Under 5 minutes into the third, Brayden Point scored for the Lightning, making the score 4-2. J.T. Miller and Nikita Kucherov assisted on the goal. Finally, Nikita Kucherov ended the night with a 5th Lightning goal and his second goal of the night less than a minute before the end of the game. He was assisted by Steven Stamkos and Brayden Point on the goal. Consequently for the Panthers, a total of 5 goals and the Lightning defense holding the Panthers to a second scoreless period sealed a victory for the Tampa Bay Lightning tonight.
End of the Third Period: 5-2 Tampa Bay Lightning

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