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Stamkos nets hat trick as Bolts blitz Panthers

Tampa, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - Steven Stamkos notched his sixth career hat trick as the Tampa Bay Lightning dominated the Florida Panthers, 7-2, on Thursday.

Valtteri Filppula scored twice, Martin St. Louis had a goal and an assist, while Ondrej Palat also lit the lamp for the Lightning, who won their home opener after going 2-1-0 on the road to start the season.

"It feels great to help your team win," said Stamkos. "There's no better feeling than producing and helping your team win, especially in front of the fans."

Teddy Purcell added three helpers, while Ben Bishop had 19 saves and an assist in the win for Tampa Bay.

Jonathan Huberdeau and Brad Boyes each scored for the Panthers, who went 1-3-0 on a four-game road trip to start the season.

"We're just going to have to find a reason why we're having these letdowns," said Huberdeau. "It's no excuse being on the road, these things can happen at home just as easily if we don't fix them."

Jacob Markstrom gave up six goals on 24 shots before being pulled in the third period. Scott Clemmensen gave up a goal on four shots in relief.

The Lightning got on the board at 8:13 of the first period. Purcell got the puck behind the net and passed it to the low left side where Stamkos sent it the other way for a one-timer by St. Louis for his second of the year.

Skating shorthanded, Tampa made it a 2-0 game as St. Louis sent a hard pass from the left wing to the slot where Stamkos, with a defender all over him, got a stick on it for his first of the year.

Florida got on the board just 59 seconds into the second period while on the power play as Boyes chipped it in from the left side for his second of the season.

Tampa, though, tallied twice in a four-minute span to go up 4-1. On the first, Matt Carle whipped a pass into the right circle and Stamkos one-timed it in with 11:39 played. Then, Bishop cleared the puck down the left wing with Alex Killorn chipping it by a defender in the zone. Killorn then slid the disc over to the right side where Palat shot it in at 15:51.

Huberdeau scored just 3:48 into the third to make it a two-goal game, but Filppula scored his first three minutes later on a snap shot from the slot during a power play, and made it a 6-2 game at 9:14.

Stamkos capped the hat trick with a power-play goal at 12:25 to account for the final score.

Game Notes

Florida has its home opener on Friday against Pittsburgh ... Tampa's next game is at home against Pittsburgh on Saturday ... The Lightning took three of the five games against the Panthers last season ... Tampa was 2-for-5 on the power play while Florida was 1-for-5.

10/11 01:19:25 ET

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Atlantic Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
p-Boston 54 19 9 117 261 177 31-7-3 23-12-6 18-9-3
x-Tampa Bay 46 27 9 101 240 215 25-10-6 21-17-3 19-8-3
x-Montreal 46 28 8 100 215 204 23-13-5 23-15-3 18-8-4
x-Detroit 39 28 15 93 222 230 18-13-10 21-15-5 17-8-5
Ottawa 37 31 14 88 236 265 18-17-6 19-14-8 14-9-7
Toronto 38 36 8 84 231 256 24-16-1 14-20-7 14-13-3
Florida 29 45 8 66 196 268 16-20-5 13-25-3 13-16-1
Buffalo 21 51 10 52 157 248 13-21-7 8-30-3 7-18-5
 
Metropolitan Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Pittsburgh 51 24 7 109 249 207 28-9-4 23-15-3 20-8-2
x-NY Rangers 45 31 6 96 218 193 20-17-4 25-14-2 16-11-3
x-Philadelphia 42 30 10 94 236 235 24-14-3 18-16-7 15-11-4
x-Columbus 43 32 7 93 231 216 22-15-4 21-17-3 16-13-1
Washington 38 30 14 90 235 240 21-13-7 17-17-7 12-15-3
New Jersey 35 29 18 88 197 208 21-11-9 14-18-9 16-9-5
Carolina 36 35 11 83 207 230 18-17-6 18-18-5 15-13-2
NY Islanders 34 37 11 79 225 267 13-19-9 21-18-2 10-16-4
 
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2013 - 2014 NHL Western Conference Standings
 
Central Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Colorado 52 22 8 112 250 220 26-11-4 26-11-4 19-6-3
x-St. Louis 52 23 7 111 248 191 28-9-4 24-14-3 21-6-2
x-Chicago 46 21 15 107 267 220 27-7-7 19-14-8 13-13-3
x-Minnesota 43 27 12 98 207 206 26-10-5 17-17-7 14-12-3
x-Dallas 40 31 11 91 235 228 23-11-7 17-20-4 13-11-5
Nashville 38 32 12 88 216 242 19-17-5 19-15-7 12-13-4
Winnipeg 37 35 10 84 227 237 18-17-6 19-18-4 9-15-5
 
Pacific Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
z-Anaheim 54 20 8 116 266 209 29-8-4 25-12-4 22-4-3
x-San Jose 51 22 9 111 249 200 29-7-5 22-15-4 18-7-3
x-Los Angeles 46 28 8 100 206 174 23-14-4 23-14-4 16-10-3
Phoenix 37 30 15 89 216 231 22-14-5 15-16-10 14-9-6
Vancouver 36 35 11 83 196 223 20-15-6 16-20-5 12-13-4
Calgary 35 40 7 77 209 241 19-19-3 16-21-4 11-15-3
Edmonton 29 44 9 67 203 270 16-22-3 13-22-6 8-17-4
 
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y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
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