After morning skate Tuesday, Panthers goaltender's coach Robb Tallas was asked about rookie netminder Jacob Markstrom and his disturbing penchant for allowing early goals.

"You don't learn from your saves, you learn from your mistakes,'' Tallas said. "Of course, I don't want to see first shots of games going in, but at the same time that will make him so much stronger.''

Well, if that's the case, then Markstrom is becoming the strongest Rhodes Scholar in history.

For the third time in the past four games Markstrom (1-5-1) was beaten on the first shot. But he was nearly bailed out by arguably the Panthers' best defensive effort of the season before falling 3-2 to the equally struggling Tampa Bay Lightning at BB&T Center.

Despite tripling the Lightning and its second most prolific offense in the Eastern Conference by a whopping 39-13 shot advantage (a season-low for both), the Lightning scored three times on its first eight shots, with the game winner coming on Steven Stamkos' power-play goal at 5:30 of the third period.