The Florida Panthers earned their second win in three days over Tampa Bay with a 7-4 offensive showcase on Monday that spoiled the Lightning's home opener.
Tampa Bay (1-3-2) were playing their first game on home ice after beginning the new season with five consecutive road games and despite a strong start they again fell prey to the Panthers.
With the score tied at 2-2 after the first, the Panthers moved into a 4-3 lead in the second on goals from Kris Versteeg and Sean Bergenheim, with Vincent Lecavalier replying for the Bolts.
The visitors put the game away in the third period with Versteeg and Stephen Weiss both scoring their second of the game and Jason Garrison putting the icing on the win with the Panthers' seventh.
Only one of Florida's goals came on even strength, with the Panthers grabbing five power-play and one shorthanded scores. The six special teams goals was a team record.
Obviously, the power play had an extremely good night, Panthers coach Kevin Dineen told reporters.
Tampa Bay is known for their power play so we really tried to stay disciplined and as much as it was the guys on the power play, there were a lot of guys who moved their feet to draw some of those penalties.
Steven Stamkos scored Tampa Bay's lone goal of the third period.
Stamkos was second in the NHL last season with 45 goals but his slow start this year has hurt the Lightning, who have now lost five in a row.
We were undisciplined tonight, Stamkos said. Their power play really beat us tonight. We took too many penalties. It's a big disappointment.
Florida goaltender Jose Theodore made 35 saves in the victory while defenseman Brian Campbell had four assists for the Panthers, who scored a 3-2 shootout win over Tampa Bay on Saturday.