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

Bethune-Cookman elevates Sims to football coach

Bethune-Cookman University didn't need have to look far to keep continuity in its successful Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference football program.

Chargers put G Troutman on IR

The San Diego Chargers will be without starting guard Johnnie Troutman if they reach the playoffs, with the team placing the third-year pro on injured reserve Monday.

Pirates win bidding process on SS Kang

The Pittsburgh Pirates submitted the highest bid for the negotiating rights to Korean shortstop Jung Ho Kang.

Horford, Aldridge are NBA Players of the Week

Atlanta Hawks center Al Horford and Portland Trail Blazers forward LaMarcus Aldridge were named the NBA Players of the Week on Monday.

Penguins send three home to be tested for mumps

The Penguins announced Monday that forwards Brandon Sutter and Steve Downie and goaltender Thomas Greiss were sent back to Pittsburgh to be tested for mumps.

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