Recap: Lightning 5, Panthers 3

Lightning Triumph Over Panthers with a 5-3 Victory

In a stunning display of skill, Andrei Vasilevskiy led the Lightning to a thrilling 5-3 win against the Panthers in South Florida, marking what many are calling his season’s standout performance.

Vasilevskiy’s incredible 47 saves were crucial, especially after the Lightning surged ahead with a 4-0 lead. Despite this advantage, the Panthers didn’t back down, continuously attacking and narrowing the gap in the score.

Nevertheless, the Lightning managed to maintain their lead, securing their third consecutive win at the start of their five-game road trip. This victory sets a positive tone as they continue their journey.

Next, the Lightning will face a formidable challenge as they head west to confront the reigning Stanley Cup Champion Golden Knights in Vegas on Tuesday.

**Scoring Summary**

In the very first period, the Lightning took an early lead. Just 20 seconds in, a play involving Steven Stamkos and Erik Cernak resulted in the puck, unexpectedly deflected by Brandon Montour’s skate, finding its way into the Panthers’ net, making it 1-0.

Later, at 13:21, Mikey Eyssimont, assisted by Nick Perbix and Erik Cernak, capitalized on a breakaway opportunity. Although his initial shot was blocked, Eyssimont persisted, pushing the rebound past the goalie to double the Lightning’s lead.

The second period saw the Lightning extend their lead further. Darren Raddysh, with help from Anthony Duclair and Steven Stamkos, fired a wrist shot into the top corner, bringing the score to 3-0.

Shortly after, a power play opportunity allowed Steven Stamkos, assisted by Victor Hedman and Nikita Kucherov, to blast a one-timer into the net, pushing the lead to 4-0.

However, the Panthers began their comeback with a short-handed goal by Matthew Tkachuk, followed by a power play goal from Sam Reinhart, narrowing the Lightning’s lead to 4-2.

In the final period, Sam Reinhart scored again, making it a one-goal game. But, in the closing moments, Nikita Kucherov sealed the victory for the Lightning with an empty net goal, his 40th of the season, setting the final score at 5-3.

This game was a testament to the Lightning’s resilience and Vasilevskiy’s exceptional performance, showcasing the team’s ability to secure a win under pressure.