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Lightning aim for first three-game winning streak

Florida (16-13-5) at Tampa Bay (9-16-9) 7:30 p.m. EST

TAMPA, Florida (Ticker) -- The Tampa Bay Lightning are making a

run at their first extended winning streak.

The Lightning will be looking for their third straight win when

they face the Florida Panthers in the second half of a

home-and-home series on Saturday.

Tampa Bay owns the second-worst record in the NHL with 27 points

but is coming off back-to-back wins for the first time since

November 1. The 4-3 shootout victory over the Panthers was the

club's first shootout win since November 1 as well.

Defenseman Steve Eminger recorded a goal and two assists and

Ryan Malone tallied the shootout winner on Friday. Veteran Mark

Recchi and Evgeny Artyukhin also scored in regulation for the


The Lightning had jumped to a 3-1 lead with a pair of goals late

in the second period but Florida chipped away in the third,

finally forging a tie when defenseman Bryan McCabe scored with

14 seconds remaining to force overtime.

The loss snapped a two-game winning streak for the Panthers, who

have gained at least a point in each of their last four games.

Panthers netminder Tomas Vokoun, who had stopped 55 straight

shots and was coming off a pair of shutouts, allowed all three

regulation goals before being replaced by Craig Anderson to

start the third period.



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