Second round: Lightning-Panthers Game 1 live updates

Second round: Lightning-Panthers Game 1 live updates

Published May 18, 2022
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Nikita Kucherov had a goal and an assist, and the Lightning scored three power-play goals in a 4-1 victory over the Panthers in Game 1 of their second-round playoff series Tuesday at FLA Live Arena in Sunrise.

Tampa Bay will take a 1-0 series lead into Game 2 Thursday in Sunrise.

Kucherov set up a Corey Perry power-play goal late in the second period to tie the game at 1 and then scored one of his own to give the Lightning a 3-1 lead with just under four minutes remaining in the game.

Less than two minutes later, Ross Colton netted the Lightning’s third goal with the man-advantage to make it 4-1.

Pierre-Edouard Bellemare put back a rebound of a Perry shot early in the third period to give Tampa Bay its first lead at 2-1.

Here’s how it happened:

The Lightning will open the period with 59 seconds of power-play time remaining

Kucherov shot from the right circle saved by Bobrovsky

Panthers kill the Montour penalty; Lightning had five shots on the power play

Quick shot from Verhaeghe stopped by Vasilevskiy

Bobrovsky saves Killorn shot from the slot after a Florida turnover

Bobrovsky stops Colton shot after cross-ice pass into slot from Hagel

LIGHTNING GOAL! Bellemare whips rebound of Perry shot up over Bobrovsky from low in the left circle. Lightning 2, Panthers 1.

The @TBLightning take their first lead of the series! #StanleyCup pic.twitter.com/E6AGFXXZFk

Gudas blocks a Palat shot

Bobrovsky deflects Paul shot from the right point into the corner

Perry drives to the net, but Bobrovsky covers the puck.

McDonagh penalized for interfering with Noel Acciari with 8:44 left

Huberdeau wrist shot saved by Vasilevskiy

Duclair goal on the power play waved off after Lightning challenged it for a missed game stoppage event after the puck hit the back netting, making it out of play. 8:09.

The Panthers finally score on the power play, but the Lightning challenge for a missed stoppage. Jon Cooper went 4-4 this season on challenges, 0-1 on missed stoppages. This one gets the goal overturned. pic.twitter.com/A1hbSauy6e

Bennett shot off the rush blocked by Sergachev

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Lightning kill the McDonagh penalty

Killorn blocks a shot and then draws a roughing penalty against Forsbling with 4:51 to play

Killorn has to leave for the locker room under the concussion protocol since Forsling hit him in the face

Killorn is back on the Lightning bench

LIGHTNING GOAL! Kucherov scores from the right circle with a wrist on the power play. Cirelli was setting a screen in front. Panthers challenge for goaltender interference, as Cirelli appeared to make contact with Bobrovsky’s head while in the blue paint, but the goal stands. Lightning 3, Panthers 1.

Kucherov scores a power play goal, but the Panthers are challenging for goaltender interference. Andrew Brunette went 2-0 on challenges in the regular season, both for goalie interference. After review, this goal stands. pic.twitter.com/U3bO1bNbaP

Panthers assessed a bench penalty because of the unsuccessful challenge, and Lightning go back on the power play

LIGHTNING GOAL! Ross Colton scores the Lightning’s third power-play goal of the game. Lightning 4, Panthers 1.

After that lost challenge for Florida, Tampa Bay goes to the advantage and make it 4-1. pic.twitter.com/s8TRkUKYgC

Panthers pull Bobrovsky in favor of an extra attacker

(Lightning win 4-1)

Ondrej Palat wrist shot saved by Sergei Bobrovsky

Mackenzie Weegar shot from the point saved by Andrei Vasilevskiy

Ryan McDonagh penalized for holding Aleksander Barkov’s stick, and the Panthers get their first power play of the game

Jonathan Huberdeau shot blocked by Alex Killorn

Vasilevskiy stops Barkov shot from the right circle

Barkov cross-ice pass misses Huberdeau and the puck leaves the zone

Nick Paul sends the puck back down the ice

Lightning kill the penalty

Weegar with a hard hit on Kucherov in the corner

Duclair turns down a shot attempt after Kucherov turnover leads to a partial breakaway

Vasilevskiy stops quick Carter Verhaeghe shot from the left circle

Gustav Forsling shot saved by Vasilevskiy

Anthony Cirelli shot from the left circle held by Bobrovsky

Nice backcheck from Kucherov to lift the puck from Sam Reinhart

Claude Giroux shot from the center point sticked aside by Vasilevskiy

Vasilevskiy catches Barkov shot from the high slot

Bobrovsky stops Nick Paul shot from the slot and Palat rebound attempt

Brandon Montour shot from the left circle misses the net

Sergachev shot from the point blocked by Anton Lundell

Ross Colton and Ben Chiarot penalized for cross-checking, so we’ll play 4-on-4 for the next two minutes

head-butting szn pic.twitter.com/K3FLACTnkw

Vasilevskiy makes glove save on Sam Reinhart wrister from the top of the right circle

Forsling shot from the left point saved by Vasilevskiy

Paul penalized for hooking Giroux, so Panthers get 4-on-3 advantage for 16 seconds, following by a 5-4

Cirelli blocks Huberdeau shot and knocks the puck out of the zone

McDonagh sends the puck back down the ice

Ekblad shot from the center point misses the net

Huberdeau shot from left circle blocked by Sergachev

Vasilevskiy makes save on Barkov shot through a screen

Cernak heads to locker room after blocking a shot

Lightning kill the Paul penalty; Panthers managed just two shots

Girioux shot saved by Vasilevskiy

Weegar penalized for hooking Kucherov after getting his stick into his midsection with 3:59 left in the period

LIGHTNING GOAL! Corey Perry scores into a wide-open net after a circle-to-circle pass from Kucherov. Lightning 1, Panthers 1.

Kucherov with a royal road pass to Perry on the power play to tie this game up pic.twitter.com/9JrZOOv264

Montour penalized for high-sticking Hagel

Hedman shot blocked by Lundell

(Lightning and Panthers are tied 1-1 after two periods)

Round 2 is a go pic.twitter.com/C0nzTtFWTk

Mackenzie Weegar penalized for tripping Ondrej Palat

Steven Stamkos shot blocked by Aaron Ekblad

Ross Colton shot from right circle blocked by Sergei Bobrovsky

Mikhail Sergachev breaks up Florida 2-on-1 shorthanded chance

Panthers kill the penalty; Lightning had one shot on goal during the power play

Brandon Hagel shot from the slot saved by Bobrovsky

Cal Foote shot blocked by Ben Chiarot

Anthony Duclair penalized for high-sticking Hagel

Panthers win the faceoff and send the puck down the ice

Panthers again clear the puck

Hedman drive from the center point saved by Bobrovsky and the Panthers clear the puck

Sergachev loses the puck and it goes out of the offensive zone

Sam Bennett skates the puck out of the zone, Ekblad gets shorthanded opportunity

Panthers kill the penalty

Andrei Vasilevskiy saves weak backhand shot from Mackenzie Weegar

Pierre-Edouard Bellemare slap shot saved by Bobrovsky. Radko Gudas hits Pat Maroon afterward

Weegar shot from the right point deflected wide by Patric Hornqvist

Gudas shot turned aside by Vasilevskiy

Foote blocks shot by Brandon Montour

PANTHERS GOAL: Duclair scores from the post after a cross-ice pass from Jonathan Huberdeau after Sergachev got turned around at the blue line. Panthers 1, Lightning 0.

Huberdeau sets up Duclair to open the scoring. Two players the Panthers needed more from after Round 1 ✔️ pic.twitter.com/v7fnnQvePP

Vasileskiy makes save on Eetu Luostarinen

Nikita Kucherov shot deflects wide of the net

Duclair blast from the high slot saved by Vasilevskiy

Errant pass from Foote leads to chance in front for Bennett, but Vasilevskiy makes a nice pad save

Vasilevskiy comes up big with the pad save on Bennett pic.twitter.com/mhSeBrXfAW

Bobrovsky makes a save on a Palat shot from in tight

(Panthers lead 1-0 after one period)

Where do they go from here?

The Eastern Conference final? The Stanley Cup final? A third straight title?

Or, a second-round exit?

How do they get there? By running roughshod over the remaining playoff field? Scratching and clawing, fighting off elimination, while pushing past one opponent after another?

Or, will they finally meet their match? Will injuries hamstring their hopes? Will their best efforts ultimately prove futile?

The possibilities are endless.

But the Lightning have those prospects today because they battled back from a three-games-to-two deficit to survive the Maple Leafs in the opening round, keeping their goal of a third straight NHL championship in sight.

If we learned anything about the Lightning in the first round, it’s that they are as resilient as ever, and they will be tested this postseason as never before.

They moved past a Maple Leafs squad determined to reverse nearly two decades of postseason futility, whose offensive firepower and opportunistic penalty kill presented a particularly problematic matchup in a tightly called series.

Things don’t get any easier in the second round, as the Lightning face the Presidents’ Trophy-winning Panthers, who gave them one of their most difficult tests last postseason before Tampa Bay clinched the first-round series in six games.

The Lightning expect a similar challenge this season after splitting their four regular-season games with the Panthers and entering the series without the services of star forward Brayden Point, who was injured in Game 7 Saturday in Toronto.

Will the series be just another stop on the way to yet another championship? Will Tampa Bay lord over the league for a third straight season? Or is this where its reign comes to an end?

Follow our live updates, starting at 7 p.m., as the Lightning begin the second stage of a postseason journey that they hope will end with a third consecutive Cup celebration.

Here we goooo!! pic.twitter.com/DhzBKASBOn

Bolts are taking the ice for pregame warmups ⚡️ pic.twitter.com/aukm4EP6na

Coming soon: Bolts vs. Cats pic.twitter.com/308TrIkJ2r

Bolts in blue pic.twitter.com/qFCDxtJ89G

Wish u were here 😎 pic.twitter.com/c05t79l6Pi

That’s a lot of red#FlaPanthers #GoBolts pic.twitter.com/Dy5EOkRBoF

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