Lightning score 3 power-play goals in 6-1 rout of Panthers

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Tampa Bay Lightning left wing Alex Killorn (17) celebrates his goal against the Florida Panthers during the second period of an NHL hockey game Monday, Dec. 23, 2019, in Tampa, Fla. Defending for the Panthers is Aaron Ekblad (5). (AP Photo/Chris O’Meara)

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Victor Hedman had two goals and an assist, Brayden Point had a four-point game and the Tampa Bay Lightning scored three power-play goals in a 6-1 win over the Florida Panthers on Monday night.

Point had a goal and three assists, Nikita Kucherov added a goal and two assists and Alex Killorn and Mikhail Sergachev each scored power-play goals as the Lightning snapped a two-game winless skid.

Andrei Vasilevskiy finished with 29 saves and improved to 15-9-2 on the season.

Florida’s Sergei Bobrovsky allowed a season-high six goals on 34 shots.

Jonathan Huberdeau scored the only goal for Florida, which had its three-game winning streak halted.

The Lightning finished off a dominant opening period with a three-goal lead. Point opened the scoring 41 seconds in with a deflection of Erik Cernak’s shot from the right circle.

Hedman made it 2-0 with a slap shot from the center point at 15:06, and Sergachev scored on the power play with a wrist shot from the left circle at 18:03.

The Panthers cut into the lead with a Huberdeau power-play goal at 2:47, but Killorn answered at 5:53 on the rebound of a shot by Steven Stamkos. Kucherov made it 5-1 with another power-play goal at 9:52.

Florida played most of the third period with four defenseman after Aaron Ekblad took a shot off his shoulder and left the game with 7:32 left in the second period and did not return.

Florida defenseman Anton Stralman took a hit to top of the helmet and was left bleeding on a shot by Ryan McDonagh.

NOTES: Lightning C Tyler Johnson was held out after aggravating a lower-body injury that kept him out of four games earlier in the month. … Tampa Bay recalled RW Mathieu Joseph from Syracuse of the American Hockey League. … Lightning RW Nikita Kucherov recorded his 300th career assist and 500th career point with a first-period assist. … Florida RW Noel Acciari was named the NHL No. 1 Star of the Week on Monday after recording seven goals in three games. … The Panthers allowed a season-high three power-play goals. … LW Jonathan Huberdeau has goals in three consecutive games. … Tampa Bay won three of the four meetings between the teams this season.

UP NEXT

Lightning: Host Montreal on Saturday.

Panthers: Host Detroit on Saturday.

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