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Bolts notes: Four games, four victories

TAMPA — The Lightning remained perfect in the preseason after beating the Florida Panthers 5-4 in a shootout Saturday in front of an announced crowd of 13,135 at The Forum.

Jonathan Drouin, the No. 3 overall pick in the 2013 draft, had the only successful shootout attempt to improve the Lightning to 4-0 in the preseason, capping off a run of games in four consecutive nights.

Steven Stamkos had a goal and two assists for Tampa Bay, while Marty St. Louis, Ryan Malone and J.T. Brown also scored for the Lightning. Ben Bishop played the full game in goal, stopping 25 shots and all three shootout attempts.

Bobby Butler had a pair of goals for Florida, including the tying goal with 57.3 seconds left in regulation to force overtime.

“If you are going to (allow a late tying goal), I guess it’s better to do it in a preseason game than the regular season,’’ Lightning head coach Jon Cooper said. “In the third, we just were not executing the way we have been executing. But we have the lead for a reason, we had the lead, gave up the lead and got it back in the end. They found a way to win and that’s the most important thing. It doesn’t matter how you do it. Every win is not a Picasso.’’

Drouin’s shootout move might well be a piece of art.

The 18-year-old skated down the middle of the ice, deked to his forehand before pulling the puck to his backhand and lifting a shot over the pads of G Jakob Markstrom.

“I came in and do the same move I always do in junior, a little fake and go back high,’’ Drouin said. “I don’t have any points in the (two) games, but that’s obviously a little confidence booster to score that goal and I’m pretty happy we got the win.’’

Camp roster reduced

The Lightning trimmed their training camp roster by 22 players on Saturday, leaving 36 (which includes injured players Brian Lee, Dylan Blujus and Mattias Ohlund) who will head to Estero for the final six days of camp at Germain Arena.

Those assigned to Syracuse of the American Hockey League: Forwards — Brady Brassart, Danick Gauthier, Max Langelier-Parent, Eric Neilson, Vladislav Namestnikov, Carl Nielsen, Drew Olson, Cedric Paquette, Phillipe Paridis, Evan Rankin, Tanner Richard and Geoff Walker. Defensemen — Charles Landry, Dan Milan, Joey Mormina, Nikita Nesterov, Artem Sergeev and Luke Witkowski. Goaltenders — Cedrick Desjardins and Riku Helenius.

Both Desjardins and Helenius were placed on waivers Saturday for the purpose of assigning them to Syracuse. The Crunch are scheduled to open training camp on Tuesday in St. John’s, Newfoundland. Walker also will have to clear waivers.

Also released from training camp and assigned to their junior teams were D Slater Koekkoek (Windsor) and LW Henri Ikonen (Kingston).

That leaves 19 forwards, 11 healthy defensemen and three goaltenders remaining who will vie for the final 23 roster spots. Rosters must be submitted to the league by 3 p.m. on Sept. 30.

Back in action

One day after showing up to the rink “feeling a bit off’’ and being scratched from the lineup, RW Teddy Purcell was back on the ice for Saturday’s game, playing on a line with Drouin and LW Tom Pyatt.

“I just came in (Friday) and felt off, so they wanted to take a precaution, hold me out and see how I felt,’’ said Purcell, who went to the doctor to make sure all was clear. “I felt good, they texted me (Friday) night and I said I’m in, so I prepared like I was going to be in’’ the lineup.

Purcell played 17:03, registered one assist and had four shots on goal.

Nuts and Bolts

Tampa Bay wore its road white uniforms at the request of the Lightning marketing department. ... St. Louis, Stamkos and Sami Salo all wore an “A’’ serving as the alternate captains. ... The Lightning will take today off before heading to Estero on Monday morning. ... Malone had a game-high seven shots.

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