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Florida at Tampa Bay

    Thomas debuts for Panthers; Lightning win in overtime

    CBSSports.com wire reports
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    ESTERO, Fla. -- Nikita Kucherov's goal at 4:04 of overtime gave the Tampa Bay Lightning a 3-2 preseason victory against the Florida Panthers on Thursday night.

    Tim Thomas, signed to a one-year deal by the Panthers on Thursday, started the game. Jacob Markstrom finished the game.

    "I think it was a necessary step to do it now rather than waiting," Thomas said. "I feel ready now."

    Kucherov's goal capped a rally from a 2-0 deficit for Tampa Bay.

    Tyler Johnson and Richard Panik also scored for the Lightning.

    Panik and Martin St. Louis exchanged great passes on the game-tying goal at 6:30 of the third period.

    Florida took a 2-0 lead on two power-play goals by Jonathan Huberdeau.

    Ben Bishop earned the victory and made 26 saves for Tampa Bay.

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    Tim Thomas starts for the Panthers and stops 10 of 11 shots hours after signing a one-year contract with Florida.  (USATSI)
    Tim Thomas starts for the Panthers and stops 10 of 11 shots hours after signing a one-year contract with Florida. (USATSI)

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