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Kucherov scores 2 goals to lead Lightning to 3-0 win over Panthers

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SUNRISE, Florida — Nikita Kucherov scored twice and the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Florida Panthers 3-0 in a preseason game Thursday night.

Ondrej Palat also scored for Tampa Bay (4-1-0) and Evgeni Nabokov stopped 21 shots.

PHOTO: Florida Panthers' Derek MacKenzie (17) and Tampa Bay Lightning's Ondrej Palat (18) skate during the first period of a NHL hockey game in Sunrise, Fla., Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter)
Florida Panthers' Derek MacKenzie (17) and Tampa Bay Lightning's Ondrej Palat (18) skate during the first period of a NHL hockey game in Sunrise, Fla., Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter)

Roberto Luongo made 30 saves for the Panthers (0-3-2).

The Lightning went ahead 2-0 in the third period when Vladislav Namestnikov passed across to Kucherov in the right circle. His wrist shot got past Luongo on the stick side with 12:07 left. Kucherov added an empty-net goal with 1:10 left, also with an assist by Namestnikov.

Kucherov leads the Lightning with five preseason goals and Namestnikov now has a team-leading seven assists.

The Lightning went ahead 1-0 just 2:43 into the game when Palat backhanded the puck got past Luongo's glove from the right side.

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