SUNRISE, Fla. — Brayden Point scored two late goals, including the game-winner with 1:14 left in the third period, to lift the Tampa Bay Lightning over the Florida Panthers 5-4 Sunday night to take Game 1 of their playoff series.
Nikita Kucherov scored two power-play goals in his first appearance of the season, and Blake Coleman had a short-handed goal.
Andrei Vasilevskiy made 35 saves. Victor Hedman had three assists. Jonathan Huberdeau had a goal and two assists and Owen Tippitt also recorded a goal and an assist for the Panthers.
Aleksander Barkov had a goal and an assist and Carter Verhaeghe scored a goal against his former team.
Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 34 shots. Keith Yandle and Sam Bennett each had two assists for Florida.