Lightning tops the Panthers

07 March 2018 06:26:33 EST

For the third time in four games this season the Tampa Bay Lightning got the better of the Florida Panthers, as the hosts ran out 5-4 winners in overtime at the Amalie Arena on Tuesday.

Andrei Vasilevskiy was kept busy in the Tampa Bay net as the 23-year-old Russian turned away 45 shots on the evening.

The 49 shots faced was the most that the Lightning netminder had faced all year and follows the 43 that the Philadelphia Flyers peppered the youngster with on Saturday.

Yanni Gourde scored twice for the Lightning with J.T. Miller and Alex Killorn also on target during regulation.

The Panthers countered via Nick Bjugstad, who scored a hat-trick, and Vincent Trocheck, whose power play goal early in the third period tied proceedings at 4-4.

However, Brayden Point recorded his 27th of the campaign in the extra frame to give Tampa Bay the victory.

It was the sixth consecutive game in which the Lightning were forced to overtime, with the Atlantic Division leaders winning five of the contests.

Miller, who was the other player in the Ryan McDonagh trade, now has two goals and three assists in his four games since joining from the New York Rangers. Meanwhile, McDonagh has yet to play for his new club as he recovers from an injury.

There was some speculation that McDonagh would play against the Panthers and it now seems likely that the former New York captain will instead miss the upcoming games against the Rangers and Montreal Canadiens and make his Tampa Bay debut next week.

The Lightning are 9/2 to win the Stanley Cup, with the Vegas Golden Knights 9/1 and the Flyers 22/1.

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