Final

Series (Game 1 of 8)

Florida leads 6-2

Game 1: Friday, October 7th
Lightning0Final
Panthers2
Game 2: Saturday, October 8th
Panthers1Final
Lightning2
Game 3: Tuesday, January 24th
Panthers3Final
OT
Lightning2
Game 4: Tuesday, February 28th
Panthers8Final
Lightning2
Game 5: Monday, March 20th
Lightning5Final
OT
Panthers6
Game 6: Saturday, April 1st
Lightning2Final
Panthers4
Game 7: Monday, April 3rd
Panthers1Final
Lightning4
Game 8: Sunday, April 9th
Lightning3Final
Panthers6

Lightning 0

(1-1-0, 2 pts)

Panthers 2

(2-0-0, 4 pts)

7:30 PM ET, October 7, 2005

BB&T Center, Sunrise, Florida

1 2 3 T
TB 0 0 00
FLA 0 0 22

R. Luongo (Panthers - G): Saves: 27, Save Pct.: 1.000

J. Kolnik (Panthers - RW): Goals: 1, Assists: 0

J. Grahame (Lightning - G): Saves: 29, Save Pct.: .967

Tampa Bay (1-0-0) at Florida (1-0-0) 7:30 pm EDT

Tampa Bay (1-0-0) at Florida (1-0-0), 7:30 pm EDT

SUNRISE, Florida (Ticker) - It was a raucous night for the Tampa Bay Lightning in their home opener Wednesday. The scene should be a bit different Friday at the BankAtlantic Center.

Following a rousing win on a night their Stanley Cup win was celebrated, the Lightning open their road schedule with a visit to the Florida Panthers on Friday.

After months of waiting, Tampa Bay finally raised its championship banner Wednesday and gave a sellout crowd plenty more to cheer about by rolling to a 5-2 win over the Carolina Hurricanes.

Vaclav Prospal scored just 81 seconds in, setting the tone for the Lightning's comfortable victory. Prospal added a pair of assists, including one on Dan Boyle's goal that capped the first period and proved to be the game-winner.

Tampa Bay has three more home games on the horizon after it takes on the Panthers, who rode Roberto Luongo's stellar play in net to Wednesday's 2-0 win over Atlanta.

Luongo, who had seven shutouts and a league-record 2,303 saves in 2003-04, made 34 saves to record his 24th career shutout. He was given all the support he needed when Nathan Horton notched an unassisted tally 68 seconds into the third.

Lukas Krajicek added a power-play goal to finish the scoring as Florida improved to 4-1-0-2 over its last seven home openers.

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