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Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy makes a save with Panthers right wing Patric Hornqvist (70) in front of the net on Florida's power play during the second period of Game 2 on Sunday.
John Romano | Tampa Bay’s goaltender is once again playing at an abnormal level as the Bolts take a 3-0 lead against Florida.
Tampa Bay is one win from another Eastern Conference Final after a dominant second period Sunday.
A four-run first inning seemed like a good start for the Rays, but a long day ends with a crushing loss.
Ryan McDonagh and Victor Hedman kept Florida from turning the tide in the pivotal second period.

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  1. Justin Thomas holds the Wanamaker Trophy after winning the PGA Championship at Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa, Okla.
  2. Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy makes a save with Panthers right wing Patric Hornqvist (70) in front of the net on Florida's power play during the second period of Game 2 on Sunday.
  3. Lightning defenseman Ryan McDonagh (27) is checked by Panthers right wing Claude Giroux (28) during the third period of Game 3 Sunday at Amalie Arena.
  4. Will Blake takes a selfie on the Zamboni with members of  TikTokers The HockeyGuys during the first intermission of Game 3 between the Lightning and Panthers Sunday at Amalie Arena.
  5. Rays centerfielder Kevin Kiermaier fumbles a fly ball hit by the Orioles' Ryan Mountcastle during the ninth inning Sunday in Baltimore.
  6. Lightning defenseman Erik Cernak celebrates his goal as he returns to the bench during second-period action of Game 3 on Sunday at Amalie Arena.
  7. Tampa Bay Lightning center Steven Stamkos (91), left, celebrates his goal along with right wing Nikita Kucherov (86) and left wing Nicholas Paul (20) after beating Florida Panthers goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky (72) , on right, during second period action of Game 3 of the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs at Amalie Arena on Sunday, May 22, 2022 in Tampa.
  8. Lightning center Steven Stamkos works to escape the grasp of Panthers defenseman Aaron Ekblad during the first period of Game 3 Sunday afternoon at Amalie Arena.
  9. Rays relief pitcher Andrew Kittredge is headed to the 15-day injured list while trying to sort out a back issue.
  10. Lightning forward Brandon Hagel, pictured stepping on to the ice for practice Wednesday in Sunrise, will be a game-time decision for Game 3 today at Amalie Arena.
  11. Yandy Diaz will not be in the Rays' lineup today after straining his left shoulder on an awkward headfirst slide into home plate on Saturday.
  12. Yesterday• Rowdies
    Forward Jake LaCava, seen here in a game earlier this season, begins the Rowdies comeback with a goal in the 36th minute.
  13. The Rays' Randy Arozarena is congratulated by Ji-Man Choi after hitting a two-run homer against the Orioles during the first inning Saturday.
  14. Jose Ortiz, right, atop Early Voting, reacts after winning the 147th running of the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course. Runner-up Epicenter is behind them.
  15. Jesuit rightfielder Jake Kulikowski, left front, and AJ Nessler, holding state trophy, help begin the celebration for the Tigers moments after Jesuit sealed up a 6-0 victory over Melbourne Eau Gallie in the Class 5A state title game on Saturday.
  16. White Sox third-base coach Joe McEwing holds back Tim Anderson (7) as second baseman Josh Harrison makes his feelings known during a game filled with arguments and confrontations caused by white Yankees player Josh Donaldson's "Jackie'' comments.
  17. Jeffrey Springs takes the mound for the Rays tonight in Baltimore.
  18. The Rays' Wander Franco is tagged out by Orioles catcher Anthony Bemboom during the 13th inning Friday night.
  19. Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman (77) collides with Panthers right wing Claude Giroux (28) as goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy watches the loose puck during Game 2. Both teams got a bit of a breather with an extra day off, but will play consecutive games Sunday and Monday.
  20. Lightning fans bang on the glass as the team takes to the ice for warmups just prior to facing the Panthers for Game 1 of the second round in Sunrise.
  21. Sergio Romo made history for the Rays when he opened the May 19, 2018, game in Anaheim.
  22. Coaches and players love Anthony Cirelli. “He’s just a money human being on the ice, away from the ice,” Lightning assistant coach Derek Lalonde says.
  23. Rays relief pitcher J.P. Feyereisen has plenty of personality on and off the mound. And one of the finest mustaches in Major League Baseball.
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