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.