Final OT

Series (Game 2 of 3)

Tampa Bay leads 2-1

Game 1: Saturday, September 21st
Game 2: Thursday, September 26th
Game 3: Saturday, September 28th

Panthers 2

(2-1-3, 7 pts)

Lightning 3

(5-1-0, 10 pts)

7:30 PM ET, September 26, 2013

1 2 3 OT T
FLA 1 1 0 02
TB 0 1 1 13

Top Skaters

Lightning top Panthers 3-2 in OT

Associated Press

ESTERO, Fla. -- Nikita Kucherov's goal at 4:04 of overtime gave the Tampa Bay Lightning a 3-2 preseason win over the Florida Panthers on Thursday night.

Tim Thomas, signed to a one-year deal by the Panthers on Thursday, started the game and stopped nine of 10 shots. Jacob Markstrom replaced Thomas and stopped 13 of 15.

"I think it was a necessary step to do it now rather than waiting," Thomas said. "I feel ready now."

Kucherov's goal capped a rally from a 2-0 deficit for Tampa Bay.

Tyler Johnson and Richard Panik also scored for the Lightning.

Panik and Martin St. Louis exchanged great passes on the game-tying goal at 6:30 of the third period.

Florida took a 2-0 lead on two power-play goals by Jonathan Huberdeau.

Ben Bishop earned the victory and made 26 saves for Tampa Bay.

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