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Panthers score 3 in third to edge Lightning

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Jared McCann scored the tiebreaking goal in the third period after a review overturned the initial ruling of goalie interference, and the Florida Panthers beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 5-4 on Saturday night. Evgenii Dadonov and Nick Bjugstad each had a goal and an assist, and Vincent Trocheck and Colton Sceviour also scored goals for the Panthers. James Reimer made 26 saves.

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Steven Stamkos has key assist, Lightning beat Panthers 5-3

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Steven Stamkos is back. Stamkos set up the go-ahead goal in his return from a right knee injury and the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Florida Panthers 5-3 on Friday night in the season opener for both teams.

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Lightning, Panthers set to kick off NHL season on Friday

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It all begins for real tonight at Amalie Arena. The Tampa Bay Lightning open the 2017-18 season against the Florida Panthers, the first of four meetings between the two teams. For the Lightning, they seek a return to the playoffs after missing the post season by a single point last year. If they can avoid significant injuries to key players, always a big “if,” they have every reason to expect to be playing hockey well into the spring.

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Lightning well represented in World Cup of Hockey

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For some reason, it’s difficult to get excited about the World Baseball Classic. It occurs every two years during spring training when major league players are far from performing at their peak. The World Cup of Hockey, which begins Saturday, also takes place during training camp. It is there the similarities end. The very nature of athletic competition in a contact sport like hockey versus a non-contact sport like baseball almost guarantees a better product. This will not look like…

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Injured Tampa Bay goalie Bishop still uncertain for Game 5

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Lightning goalie Ben Bishop spent 15 minutes on the ice Saturday during Tampa Bay’s morning skate for Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final. The Lightning haven’t decided whether the injured 53-game winner will play against the Chicago Blackhawks. Although Bishop said “there’s progress being made” on the undisclosed injury that kept him out of Game 4, the goalie and Tampa Bay coach Jon Cooper both said they’ll determine later whether Bishop can start. Rookie Andrei Vasilevskiy will start his…

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