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ESTERO, Fla. (AP) -- Nikita Kucherov's goal at 4:04 of overtime gave the Tampa Bay Lightning a 3-2 preseason win over the Florida Panthers on Thursday night. Tim Thomas, signed to a one-year deal by the Panthers on Thursday, started the game. Jacob Markstrom finished the game. "I think it was a necessary step to do it now rather than waiting," Thomas said. "I feel ready now." Kucherov's goal capped a rally from a 2-0 deficit for Tampa Bay. Tyler Johnson and Richard Panik also scored for the Lightning. Panik and Martin St. Louis exchanged great passes on the game-tying goal at 6:30 of the third period. Florida took a 2-0 lead on two power-play goals by Jonathan Huberdeau. Ben Bishop earned the victory and made 26 saves for Tampa Bay.
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