Victor Hedman scored a power-play goal 1:11 into overtime and the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Florida Panthers 3-2 in their season opener Thursday night.
Steven Stamkos was playing some of his best hockey for the first-place Tampa Bay Lightning when a broken leg in mid-November sidelined him for the next 45 games and the Olympics.
Ben Bishop made 36 saves and the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Florida Panthers 4-1 Saturday night in the teams’ preseason finale.
Martin St. Louis and the Tampa Bay Lightning have remained on a roll even without star Steven Stamkos.
Justin Peters deserved a much better outcome after a stellar 47-save performance.
Ottawa coach Paul MacLean called this meeting with the Florida Panthers a “must win.” His team doesn’t usually have much trouble winning against them anyway.