Lightning 4, Panthers 2
SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) _ Vincent Lecavalier scored the tie-breaking goal on a two-man power play as the Tampa Bay Lightning rallied with three third-period goals to beat the Florida Panthers 4-2 Tuesday night.
The Lightning scored two power-play goals and an empty-netter in the final 3:40 of a fight-filled third period to beat their intrastate rivals.
With the teams tied 1-1 after the first period, Ivan Novoseltsev, a 20-year-old Russian rookie fighting for a spot on the Panthers, beat Kevin Hodson at 14:56 of the second.
Following two fights and a 5-minute major boarding penalty to Rob Niedermayer, the Lightning’s Robert Petrovicky tucked in a rebound for the tying goal at 16:20 of the third.
Less than 90 seconds later, Lacavalier stuffed a rebound past Panthers goaltender Sean Burke for the go-ahead goal. It came on a two-man advantage with 2:16 left.
Shawn Burr added an unassisted empty-net goal with 21 seconds remaining.
Jaroslav Spacek gave Florida a 1-0 lead at 5:34 of the first period. The Lightning tied it 1-1 on an unassisted power-play goal by Chris Gratton at 18:23.
The Panthers, 0-3-1 in preseason, were 5-0 against their intrastate rivals last season. Tampa Bay dropped to 3-4.
Florida’s Pavel Bure continued to sit out the preseason while recovering from knee surgery. He is expected to play in two of the Panthers’ last three exhibition games.