Ryan Craig also scored for the Southeast Division-leading Lightning, who have won 15 of 19. Tampa Bay took the shootout 2-1 and is 11-3 in games that have been decided after regulation.
The Lightning will face the second-place Thrashers in Atlanta on Thursday. Although both have 71 points, Tampa Bay is ahead of the Thrashers because the Lightning have played one fewer game.
Nathan Horton scored twice for the Panthers, 1-12 in games decided in overtime or a shootout.