There were only 20.2 seconds to play when Aaron Ekblad fired a shot that hit Victor Hedman’s skate and spun over the shoulder of goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy for the only goal of the game. It was the fourth time this season the Lightning has been shutout. There have been five other games where the Bolts scored only once.
It was the ninth loss — and fourth shutout — in the last 12 games for the Bolts, who fell to 8-9-2.
Tampa Bay had 39 shots in the game, more than double that of the Panthers (who had 19). But goaltender Roberto Luongo recorded his 69th shutout. For the Lightning, Vasilevskiy had 18 saves.
The Lightning are home Thursday against the Rangers.