Panthers fall in opener to Lightning 5-3

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Goals: Palat (1); Point (1); Brickley (1); Pysyk (1); Namestinkov (1); Kucherov (1); Huberdeau (1); Palat (2)

My 3 Stars: 1st- Palat (2 G; 0 A); 2nd- Kucherov (GWG); 3rd- Pysyk (1G)

Positive Player for the Cats: Nick Bjugstad- Bjugy had his best game in a long time tonight. He used his body to protect the puck and was very solidly offensively. Hopefully he can keep this up consistently and become the player he once was.

Down Player for the Cats: Aaron Ekblad- Ekblad struggled and made costly defensive mistakes. Ekblad also had a short fuse tonight like he usually does. Hopefully he will bounce back but he needs more speed otherwise his game is just worrying.

Winning Goalie: Vaselivesky (1-0-0; 33 Saves; 3 GA; 3 Goals Earned)

Losing Goalie: Luongo (0-1-0; 20 Saves; 4 GA; 2 Goals Earned)

Grades By Position

Offense- B+

Defense- B+

Goalie- D

Team MVP- Mark Pysyk (1)

Next Up:

Florida- 10/7 vs. TBL 7pm

Tampa- 10/7 @FLA  7pm

Quote of the Night

“I thought we played a pretty good game but I need to be better that’s the bottom line. I think that was the difference and we deserved better tonight and for the first couple goals no excuse for that. Those goals can’t go in and we battled back.”- Roberto Luongo