Panthers drop 3rd straight game following 12-game win streak
Cats lose in Tampa
TAMPA – Nikita Kucherov had two goals and the Tampa Bay Lightning extended a season-high winning streak to five games by beating the Atlantic Division-leading Florida Panthers 3-1 on Sunday night.
Andrej Sustr had the other Tampa Bay goal and Ben Bishop made 26 saves to help the Lightning move within five points of Florida.
Bishop is 7-1-1 against the Panthers.
Nick Bjugstad scored for the Panthers.
Florida is 0-2-1 since ending a 12-game winning streak.
Roberto Luongo made 29 saves and became the seventh goalie to play in 900 NHL games.
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