Fla 1 1 0 0 2
TB 0 1 1 1 3
Date of game: 9/26/2013

Recap: Tampa Bay vs. Florida

Estero, FL (Sports Network) - Nikita Kucherov scored with 56 seconds left in overtime to lift the Tampa Bay Lightning to a 3-2 victory over the Florida Panthers in preseason action on Thursday.

Richard Panik tallied in the third period to even the score for Tampa Bay.

Tim Thomas, who signed a one-year contract with the Panthers earlier on Thursday, started in net for Florida. He allowed a second-period goal to Tyler Johnson before giving way to Jacob Markstrom between the pipes.

The 39-year-old Thomas sat out the 2012-13 season.

Jonathan Huberdeau scored twice for Florida in the setback.

Game Notes

Youngstown State's Ruiz in midseason form

Youngstown State wrapped up spring practices under first-year coach Bo Pelini Friday night, and he and his staff surely enjoyed what they saw in running back Martin Ruiz.

Manziel apologizes following rehab stint

Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel issued a statement Friday, offering an apology and thanks to fans, teammates and the organization for support during his recent stay at a treatment facility.

Rays send reliever Beliveau to DL

The Tampa Bay Rays placed reliever Jeff Beliveau on the 15-day disabled list Friday due to soreness in his left shoulder.

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