Panthers defeat Lightning in OT in Game 3, get first win of series


TAMPA — Ryan Lomberg scored at 5:56 of overtime to lift the Florida Panthers to a 6-5 win against the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup First Round at Amalie Arena on Thursday.

Frank Vatrano got the puck to Lomberg behind the defense, and he beat Andrei Vasilevskiy with the backhand.

Tampa Bay leads the best-of-7 series with Game 4 being played here Saturday (12:30 p.m. ET; CNBC, SN, TVAS2, BSSUN, BSFL).

The Lightning scored five goals in the second period and led by two entering the third before the Panthers tied it 5-5 on Gustav Forsling‘s shot from the high slot at 16:53.

Chris Driedger allowed five goals on 22 shots for Florida, the No. 2 seed in the Discover Central Division, before being replaced by Sergei Bobrovsky to start the third period. Bobrovsky made the save on all nine shots he faced, and Jonathan Huberdeau had three assists.

Victor Hedman had three assists, and Vasilevskiy made 41 saves for Tampa Bay, the No. 3 seed.

Sam Bennett gave the Panthers a 1-0 lead at 4:31 of the first period, and Radko Gudas extended the lead to 2-0 at 7:05.

Anthony Cirelli cut it to 2-1 at 1:57 of the second period on a rebound after the initial shot by Hedman.

Ross Colton tied it 2-2 at 5:46 with a shot from the right face-off circle.

Steven Stamkos put the Lightning ahead 3-2 with a chip-in off a pass from Ryan McDonagh at 8:38.

Alex Wennberg tied it 3-3 at 12:34 with a power-play goal from the left circle with Owen Tippett setting a screen.

The Lightning regained the lead on Brayden Point‘s power-play goal at 14:17 to make it 4-3. Alex Killorn scored a power-play goal at 18:17 to extend the lead to 5-3. 

Patric Hornqvist scored on the power play at 1:45 of the third to cut it to 5-4.

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