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Tampa Bay Skates Past Florida 7-2 - Recap

Tampa Bay Skates Past Florida 7-2 - Recap

Hockey bettors who backed the Lightning on the moneyline Thursday didn’t have to sweat out a close game, as Tampa Bay easily handled Florida 7-2 at Tampa Bay Times Forum.

Tampa Bay was favored by -170 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 (3), Valtteri Filppula (2), Martin St. Louis, and Ondrej Palat in the victory. St. Louis opened the scoring at 8:13 of the first period.

Ben Bishop stopped 19 of 21 Florida shots in the victory.

Florida got goals from Brad Boyes and Jonathan Huberdeau in the loss, but it wasn't enough.

Jacob Markstrom stopped 18 of 24 shots for the Panthers, but it wasn't enough to earn the victory.

On the power play, Tampa Bay went 2-for-5, while the Panthers were 1-for-5 with the man advantage.

Tampa Bay outshot Florida 28-21 in the game.

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