Florida Falls 5-1 to Lightning - Recap

Florida Falls 5-1 to Lightning - Recap

Florida couldn't hang with the Lightning on Saturday as Tampa Bay blasted the Panthers 5-1 at St. Pete Times Forum.

Tampa Bay was favored by -130 and came through for bettors backing them. The game went OVER the consensus closing total of 5.5.

Tampa Bay got goals from Steven Stamkos (2), Martin St. Louis, Ryan Malone, and Tom Pyatt in the victory. St. Louis opened the scoring at 2:07 of the first period.

Mathieu Garon turned in a 24-save effort for the Lightning.

Shawn Matthias scored for the Panthers, finding the net behind Mathieu Garon.

Jacob Markstrom stopped 29 of 34 shots for the Panthers, but it wasn't enough to earn the victory.

On the power play, Tampa Bay went 0-for-2, while the Panthers were 0-for-6 with the man advantage.

Tampa Bay outshot Florida 34-25 in the game.

Tampa Bay heads into a battle against the Wild. Florida, meanwhile, will have their next action against Carolina.