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Suddenly hot Lightning wins 5th game in a row

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The Tampa Bay Lightning is playing as if it never plans to lose again.

The Lightning beat the Florida Panthers Sunday night, 3-1, to momentarily climb to third in the NHL East Standings. Nikita Kucherov scored twice, the opening goal and an empty-netter, to lead the Lightning in scoring. Andrej Sustr also scored for the Lightning.

Tampa Bay, which has spent most of the season trying to climb the standings, are now 24-17-4.

For the Lightning, goaltender Ben Bishop stopped 26 of 27 shots for the victory.

Tampa Bay is home against Edmonton on Tuesday night.



Gary Shelton is one of the most recognized and honored sportswriters in the history of the state. He has won the APSE's national columnist of the year twice and finished in the top 10 eight times. He was named the Florida Sportswriter of the Year six times. Gary joined SaintPetersBlog in the spring, helping to bring a sports presence to the website. Over his time in sports writing, Gary has covered 29 Super Bowls, 10 Olympics, Final Fours, Masters, Wimbledons and college national championships. He was there when the Bucs won a Super Bowl, when the Lightning won a Stanley Cup and when the Rays went to a World Series. He has seen Florida, FSU and Miami all win national championships, and he covered Bear Bryant, Bobby Bowden and Don Shula along the way. He and his wife Janet have four children: Eric, Kevin, K.C. and Tori. To contact, visit

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