SUNRISE, Fla. This was the game Anders Lindback and Jacob Markstrom mimicked during their street hockey games in Sweden.
And like the typical contest held in front of their childhood homes, someone walked away with bragging rights.
Tuesday night was Lindback's turn, only the stakes were higher, as he bested Markstrom in their first meeting on NHL ice.
Lindback registered 37 saves and earned third-star honors as the Tampa Bay Lightning held on for a 3-2 victory over the Florida Panthers. He preserved the win a big save on the Panthers' Shawn Matthias with 3:40 to play, stopping the forward on a breakaway.
At the other end of the ice, Markstrom struggled in the first period, allowing two goals on three shots. He gave up a total of three on 13 Tampa Bay shots.
"It's always fun," Lindback said of the win. "It was a tough game for him. He made two good plays in the beginning. I didn't think he really had a chance on those."
But there was still a...