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Mistake by Lightning’s Victor Hedman lifts Florida Panthers to 3-1 victory

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Victor Hedman, one of the steadiest members of the Tampa Bay Lightning, made the key mistake in the team’s latest loss.

Reilly Smith of the Florida Panthers stripped the puck from Hedman and scored with 4:32 to play in Monday night’s 3-1 defeat. The Panthers added an empty-netter at the end.

The Panthers led 1-0 on a goal by former Lighting player Jonathan Marchessault. Ondrej Palat tied the score early in the third period, but Tampa Bay couldn’t manage another goal against Roberto Luongo, who broke a four-game losing streak. Derek MacKenzie scored the empty-netter at the end.

Ben Bishop had 29 saves for the Bolts. Luongo stopped 34 for the Lightning.

The Lightning, 7-5-1, is home Thursday night against the New York Islanders. Tampa Bay is 3-4 away from Amalie Arena.

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 garysheltonsports@gmail.com.

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