Jared McCann’s hat trick powers Panthers past Lightning in preseason

Florida Panthers center Jared McCann (90) celebrates his third goal of the game against the Tampa Bay Lightning in the third period.
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SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — Jared McCann scored three goals to help the Florida Panthers beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 5-2 in an exhibition game Thursday night.

Radim Vrbata and Michael Matheson also scored, and James Reimer made 34 saves.

Alex Killorn and Vladislav Namestnikov scored for the Lightning, and Peter Budaj stopped 26 shots.