Lomberg scores in OT to lift Panthers past Lightning, 6-5

Florida cuts Tampa Bay's lead to 2-1 in best-of-7 playoff series
Florida Panthers left wing Ryan Lomberg celebrates with center Noel Acciari after game-winning goal in OT vs. Florida Panthers in playoffs, May 20, 2021
Posted at 11:07 PM, May 20, 2021
and last updated 2021-05-20 23:07:55-04

TAMPA, Fla. — Ryan Lomberg scored on a breakaway 5:56 into overtime to cap a furious comeback Thursday and give the Florida Panthers a 6-5 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 3 of the first-round Central Division playoff matchup.

The Panthers cut the Lightning's lead to 2-1 in the best-of-seven series.

Radko Gudas gained possession off a faceoff deep in his own zone and flicked the puck ahead to Lomberg, who barreled in on goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy.

The Lightning took a 5-3 lead into the final period. But the reigning Stanley Cup champions couldn't put the Panthers away, yielding a power-play goal to Patric Hornqvist and Gustav Forsling's equalizer with 3:07 remaining.

Game 4 is Saturday at Amalie Arena.