TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Nikita Kucherov had two goals and the Tampa Bay Lightning extended a season-high winning streak to five games by beating the Atlantic Division-leading Florida Panthers 3-1 on Sunday night.
Kucherov opened the scoring 4:21 into the second on a shot from the right circle that beat Luongo glove side. He put the Lightning up 3-1 with an empty-netter.
Luongo is 15-15-2 against Tampa Bay.
A minute after Vladislav Namestnikov skated down the slot alone and sent his in-close shot over the net, Sustr made it 2-0 with 1:30 left in the second on a rebound backhander after Jason Garrison‘s deflected shot went off glass above the end boards.
Bjugstad cut the Panthers deficit to 2-1 when he scored on the rebound of his own shot at 8:06 of the third.
The Panthers went 0 for 5 on the power play and have the league’s worst road power-play percentage with five goals in 64 chances.
NOTES: Panthers RW Jaromir Jagr headed toward the locker room 7 minutes into the third but returned to play a couple minutes later. … Florida D Aaron Ekblad missed his third straight game with an upper-body injury but could return late this week. … Lightning C Brian Boyle, hurt blocking a shot Friday, sat out with a lower-body injury. … Kucherov has a five-game point streak. … Luongo is six away from tying Glenn Hall for sixth place on the NHL goalie games-played list.