ORLANDO (AP) - The Florida Panthers and Tampa Bay Lightning held an exhibition game at the Amway Center in Orlando on Tuesday night -- the first of three straight head-to-head battles this week.
Owen Tippett scored twice in the third period to help Florida beat Tampa Bay, 3-2.
Tippett's first goal--just 2:23 into the period--broke a 1-1 tie, and his second ended up being the game-winner. Frank Vatrano also scored for the Panthers, and Spencer Knight made 23 saves.
Pierre-Edouard Bellemare and Mikhail Sergachev scored for Tampa Bay, and Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 16 shots. Sergachev's goal with 1:15 left in regulation ended the scoring.
The two teams will also play Thursday night in Tampa before concluding the preseason Saturday night at FLA Live Arena in Sunrise.
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