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Panthers drop 3rd straight game following 12-game win streak

Cats lose in Tampa

The Florida Panthers lose the battle versus the Tampa Bay Lightning Sunday
The Florida Panthers lose the battle versus the Tampa Bay Lightning Sunday

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.