National Hockey League

Panther defeat Lightning to finish season

Tampa, FL (Sports Network) - Tomas Fleischmann scored the game-winning goal with 6:07 left to lift the Florida Panthers past the Tampa Bay Lightning 5-3 in the season finale for both teams.

Fleischmann finished with two goals and Scottie Upshall, Marcel Goc and Nick Bjugstad added one goal apiece for the Panthers, who finish the season last in the NHL with a dismal 15-27-6 record. Florida has missed the playoffs 11 of the last 12 years.

Jacob Markstrom made 28 saves in the win.

Matt Carle, Ryan Malone and Martin St. Louis each tallied for the Lightning, who finish with an 18-26-4 record. Anders Lindback turned aside 27 shots, but allowed four goals in the setback.

04/27 21:48:04 ET

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