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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.
Tampa Bay is one win from another Eastern Conference Final after a dominant second period 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.
Ryan McDonagh and Victor Hedman kept Florida from turning the tide in the pivotal second period.
Notes | Ryan McDonagh and his daughter, Falan, share a special moment ahead of the puck drop.

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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. Panthers and former Lightning forward Carter Verhaeghe (23) set a Florida franchise record with 12 points in the opening-round series against the Capitals.
  12. Lightning center Steven Stamkos (91) heads to the bench after being injured in the third period of Game 2 of the second-round series against the Panthers Thursday in Sunrise.
  13. Lightning right wing Corey Perry, right, celebrates his first-period power-play goal with center Steven Stamkos (91) and Ondrej Palat (hidden) Thursday night in Sunrise.
  14. Lightning center Ross Colton celebrates his third-period game-winning goal against the Florida Panthers in Game 2 on Thursday night in Sunrise.
  15. Lightning center Ross Colton (79) celebrates his third-period game-winning goal along with Ryan McDonagh (27) during the waning seconds of Game 2 on Thursday.
  16. Lightning center Steven Stamkos (91), right, gets up from the ice as Panthers center Eetu Luostarinen (27) skates away after Stamkos blocked a shot during the second period of Game 2 Thursday in Sunrise.
  17. Lightning center Steven Stamkos takes a shot on goal as Panthers defenseman Aaron Ekblad attempts to block the shot during a third-period power play Thursday night in Sunrise.
  18. Tampa Bay Lightning center Ross Colton (79) celebrates his third period game winning goal against the Florida Panthers in Game 2 of round two in the Stanley Cup playoffs Thursday, May 19, 2022 in Sunrise. Colton scored with only four seconds to go giving the Lightning at 2-1 victory over the Florida Panthers.
  19. There was some uncertainty earlier in the day if Panthers forward Carter Verhaeghe (23) would play in Game 2 of the second-round series against the Lightning. But he is in the lineup at puck drop.
  20. Lightning forward Nick Paul (20) defends against Panthers forward Claude Girioux (28) as Andrei Vasilevskiy (88) makes a save during Game 1 Tuesday in Sunrise. Tampa Bay has learned that the work it does in front of its goaltender is one of the biggest keys to winning in the postseason.
  21. Since the NHL began tracking this sort of thing more than 15 years ago, there’s not a player alive who has blocked more shots during the Stanley Cup playoffs than Lightning defenseman Ryan McDonagh.
  22. Lightning forwards Pierre-Edouard Bellemare (41) and Pat Maroon (14) tangle with Florida Panthers defenseman Radko Gudas (7) during the first period of Game 1 Tuesday in Sunrise.
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