Panthers score six, hand Lightning first home loss of season


TAMPA — The Florida Panthers scored six goals, four during a wild seven-goal second period, to hand the Tampa Bay Lightning their first home loss of the season, 6-4 at Amalie Arena on Monday.

Frank Vatrano scored on a penalty shot, and Chris Driedger made 27 saves for the Panthers (9-2-2), who won twice in the three-game set.

Alexander Volkov scored twice, and Curtis McElhinney made 15 saves for the Lightning (10-3-1), who started the season 6-0-0 at home.

Steven Stamkos put the Lightning ahead 1-0 at 6:24 of the first period after missing the past two games with a lower-body injury.

Jonathan Huberdeau tied it 1-1 at 7:56, scoring into an open net off a turnover from McElhinney.

Owen Tippett scored his first goal since October 26, 2017 to give the Panthers a 2-1 lead at 4:59 of the second period. 

Vatrano made it 3-1 on a penalty shot at 8:39. He was awarded the shot after Luke Schenn was whistled for tripping him while on a breakaway. Anthony Duclair made it 4-1 at 10:23 on a wraparound, his first goal in 12 games with Florida. 

Volkov scored on a shot from the right circle to make it 4-2 at 11:42, but Aleksander Barkov answered with a goal at 12:36 to push the lead to 5-2.

Volkov scored from in close to cut it to 5-3 at 15:50, and Tyler Johnson finished an odd-man rush at 16:38 to make it 5-4, the seventh goal of the period.

Anton Stralman extended Florida’s lead to 6-4 with his first goal of the season 59 seconds into the third period. 

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