The Lightning, which had won seven straight games and entered this one hoping to tie the record for the most the franchise had ever won in a row, were overwhelmed in the second period and went on to lose a 5-2 decision to the Panthers. The Panthers outshot the Lightning 19-5 in the period.
After two periods, coach Jon Cooper felt that Ben Bishop had seen enough. Bishop allowed four goals on 30 shots through two periods. Andrej Vasilevskiy came on, but Cooper pulled his goaltender with a little less than 10 minutes to play.
“This is behind us,” said Cooper. “The question is how we respond on Wednesday.”
For the Bolts, Victor Hedman and J.T. Brown scored to make the final a bit closer.
The Lightning is home on Wednesday night against Toronto before the all-star break.