Panthers beat Lightning 5-2 to open 3-game set

The cross-state rivals meet again Saturday in Sunrise and Monday in Tampa

Jonathan Huberdeau congratulates Patric Hornqvist of the Florida Panthers after he scored a third period goal against the Chicago Blackhawks at the BB&T Center on January 17, 2021 in Sunrise, Florida. (Joel Auerbach, 2021 Getty Images)

SUNRISE, Fla. – Aaron Ekblad and Alex Wennberg each had a goal and an assist and the Florida Panthers beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 5-2 on Thursday night.

Frank Vatrano, Carter Verhaeghe and Brett Connolly also scored, and Sergei Bobrovsky made 19 saves.

Braden Point scored twice for Tampa Bay, and Andrei Vasilevskiy made 24 saves.

The Lighting had won six straight, averaging 4.5 goals per game during the win streak.

The teams will meet again Saturday night in Sunrise and Monday night in Tampa.

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