Lightning stave off elimination in Game 4 with 6-3 victory vs. Panthers

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TAMPA, Fla. — There will be no series sweep.

The Florida Panthers couldn’t recover from a three-goal first-period deficit and dropped Game 4 of their Stanley Cup Playoffs opening-round series against the Tampa Bay Lightning, 6-3, on Saturday at Amalie Arena.

Florida still leads the best-of-7 series 3-1 and needs just one more win to advance to the second round.

Game 5 is on Monday, with puck drop from Sunrise’s Amerant Bank Arena scheduled for 7 p.m.


Steven Stamkos and Brandon Hagel each scored twice for Tampa Bay. Brayden Point and Nicholas Paul also scored a goal apiece.

All three scored in the first period — Stamkos on the power play, Hagel short-handed and Point at four-on-four — to put Florida in a 3-0 hole.

Carter Verhaeghe, Sam Reinhart and Oliver Ekman-Larsson scored for Florida in the second and Hagel added a four-on-four goal in the frame as well to make it a 4-3 Tampa Bay lead after two periods. Stamkos scored his second goal in the third to give the Lightning a needed insurance goal and then Paul added a five-on-three power-play goal with 3:38 left in regulation.

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