Tampa Bay sweep Panthers, advance to third round of playoffs
The Tampa Bay Lightning have eliminated the Florida Panthers via a sweep in Game 4, and have advanced to the Stanley Cup playoffs third round.
Tampa Bay gunning for number three
Tampa Bay is now only a round shy of participating in their third consecutive championship final. This comes after some hiccups the team experienced last month, like being annihilated by the Toronto Maple Leafs 5-0 in their first playoff game, and losing their star player Brayden Point to an injury before coming up against the top-seeded Panthers.
Andrei Vasilevskiy shone for the Lighting, finishing the game with an astounding 49 saves. The 27-year-old has only allowed three goals in total in the second round series against the Panthers.
It was a heart-breaking loss for No. 1 seed-overall Florida, who held a convincing lead in shots for most of the evening.
But left wing Pat Maroon finally put the Lightning on the board with a goal in the third quarter. Ondrej Palat sealed the deal with an empty net goal in the last few seconds of the game.
The back-to-back champions are hoping to accomplish a three-peat this season.
Tampa Bay will face whoever wins the series between the Carolina Hurricanes and the New York Rangers. The Hurricanes are currently leading with a 2-1 record. Their next matchup is scheduled for Tuesday, May 24, at 7.p.m. ET / 4 p.m. PT