TB 2 0 1 3
Fla 1 2 2 5
Date of game: 9/28/2013

Recap: Florida vs. Tampa Bay

Sunrise, FL (Sports Network) - Kris Versteeg scored twice in the final 11 1/2 minutes to give the Florida Panthers a 5-3 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning in the final preseason test for both teams at the BB&T Center.

Versteeg added an assist on Brad Boyes' first-period goal and sealed the Panthers' victory with an empty-net tally with one minute left.

Scott Gomez and Jesse Winchester also lit the lamp for Florida, which begins regular-season play with a visit to Dallas on Thursday. Tim Thomas made 19 saves.

Steven Stamkos and Martin St. Louis each had a goal and an assist for Tampa Bay, which squandered an early 2-0 lead. Brett Connolly netted the Lightning's other marker, with Anders Lindback stopping 17-of-21 shots between the pipes.

Tampa Bay travels to Boston Thursday for its season opener.

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.

Predators' Weber to miss next two playoff games

Predators defenseman Shea Weber will not travel to Chicago for the next two games of his team's Western Conference quarterfinal series due to a lower-body injury.

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