Panthers ‘up to the challenge’ as they beat defending Stanley Cup champion Lightning

The Florida Panthers were optimistic yet cautious. They had gotten off to one of the best starts in franchise history and had been steady throughout the first 10 games of the shortened 2021 season while primarily facing teams at the bottom half of the Central Division. But the defending Stanley Cup champions were coming to town. Thursday, their first of three games in five days against the Tampa Bay Lightning, would serve as the litmus test for where this Panthers team really stands. “They are doing everything right,” Panthers coach Joel Quenneville said of the Lightning leading into the game,…

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