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Lightning up next: Panthers fall to Wild for seventh loss in past eight games

Published Mar. 11, 2017

SUNRISE — Zach Parise and the Wild got back to their winning ways, and the Panthers kept up their losing ways.

Parise scored the go-ahead goal with 5:07 left and the Western Conference-leading Wild pulled away to beat the reeling Panthers 7-4 on Friday night to snap a two-game losing streak.

"I think we've set the standard pretty high when panic sets in when we lose two games in a row," Parise said. "That mean we're doing some good things this year. We got to the net really well and were able to put some in."

Mikael Granlund scored an empty-net goal with 1:10 left, his team-leading 22nd goal of the season, and Charlie Coyle added another empty-netter with 2.5 seconds left.

Darcy Kuemper made 25 saves before he was replaced by Devan Dubnyk to start the third period. Dubnyk stopped 11 shots and matched his career high with 36 wins.

Kuemper was also given an early hook in his last start, Feb. 28 in a 6-5 win at Winnipeg in favor of Dubnyk.

"I just thought that this was such an important game," Wild coach Bruce Boudreau said. "We did it last time, and it worked. I wanted to get this win as bad as any of them. I thought it was important for our team to get this win because the next two games we're in Chicago, Washington and (later) the Rangers. If it's the World Series and you have your best pitcher in the bullpen, you use him."

Jaromir Jagr scored his 762nd NHL goal for Florida, which has lost seven of its past eight and faces the Lightning on Saturday at Amalie Arena. Mark Pysyk had a goal and an assist, and Aleksander Barkov and former Lightning forward Jonathan Marchessault also scored. James Reimer stopped 38 shots.

"Obviously, it could have gone both ways, but we always manage to find a way to not win hockey games," Marchessault said. "It's a bad game defensively. Everybody needs to help each other and try to pick each other up. We need to turn that boat around."

The Panthers were riding high after a five-game winning streak on the road.

"We just have to worry about Tampa Bay, go in there and have a real good game and forget about this one as quick as we can," Panthers interim coach Tom Rowe said.

NOTES: Panthers goalie Roberto Luongo, who has missed three games, might be out another one to two weeks with a lower-body injury. … Marchessault has 20 goals for the first time in his NHL career.