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Lightning top Panthers 3-2 in OT

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Lightning top Panthers 3-2 in OT
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Tampa Bay Lightning's Nikita Kucherov, center, celebrates his game-winning goal with Tyler Johnson, left, …

ESTERO, Fla. (AP) -- Nikita Kucherov's goal at 4:04 of overtime gave the Tampa Bay Lightning a 3-2 preseason win over the Florida Panthers on Thursday night.

Tim Thomas, signed to a one-year deal by the Panthers on Thursday, started the game and stopped nine of 10 shots. Jacob Markstrom replaced Thomas and stopped 13 of 15.

''I think it was a necessary step to do it now rather than waiting,'' Thomas said. ''I feel ready now.''

Kucherov's goal capped a rally from a 2-0 deficit for Tampa Bay.

Tyler Johnson and Richard Panik also scored for the Lightning.

Panik and Martin St. Louis exchanged great passes on the game-tying goal at 6:30 of the third period.

Florida took a 2-0 lead on two power-play goals by Jonathan Huberdeau.

Ben Bishop earned the victory and made 26 saves for Tampa Bay.

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