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Panthers and former Lightning forward Carter Verhaeghe (23) set a Florida franchise record with 12 points in the opening-round series against the Capitals.
Florida will need his contributions with its season on the line, down two games to the Lightning.
With two days between games, Tampa Bay will have time to rest before Game 3 Sunday in Tampa.
John Romano | Three years after being cut loose by Anaheim, Perry is still scoring postseason goals, including a big one in Tampa Bay’s Game 2 win.
Bloodied but unbowed, Tampa Bay moves out to a two-game lead in its second-round series.

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  1. Panthers and former Lightning forward Carter Verhaeghe (23) set a Florida franchise record with 12 points in the opening-round series against the Capitals.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Lightning center Ross Colton celebrates his third-period game-winning goal against the Florida Panthers in Game 2 on Thursday night in Sunrise.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. Lightning right wing Nikita Kucherov (86) celebrates with Anthony Cirelli (71), left, and Steven Stamkos (91) after beating Maple Leafs goaltender Jack Campbell (36) for a game-tying goal in Game 6 of the teams' first-round playoff series. Tampa Bay, seeking its third consecutive Stanley Cup, topped Toronto in seven games.
  14. Lightning fans, channeling Alex Killorn's 2020 boat parade look, celebrate after left wing Pierre-Edouard Bellemare scores in the third period of Game 1 in Sunrise on Tuesday night.
  15. The Lightning's Victor Hedman (77), Corey Perry (10), Anthony Cirelli (71) and Steven Stamkos, facing front, celebrate Nikita Kucherov's third-period goal.
  16. Lightning right wing Nikita Kucherov (86) celebrates his third-period goal as Panthers goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky (72) and defenseman MacKenzie Weegar (52) look on Tuesday night in Sunrise.
  17. Tampa Bay Lightning center Steven Stamkos (91), top left, celebrates right wing Nikita Kucherov’s (86), top right, third period goal in Game 1 of the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs Tuesday, May 17, 2022 in Sunrise. The Lightning won 4-1.
  18. Lightning defenseman Erik Cernak (81) lies on the ice after blocking a shot on goal as Panthers right wing Patric Hornqvist (70), Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy (88) and Lightning defenseman Ryan McDonagh (27) look on during the second period Tuesday night.
  19. Tampa Bay Lightning center Ross Colton (79), right, celebrates his third period goal against the Florida Panthers in Game 1 of the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs Tuesday, May 17, 2022 in Sunrise. The Lightning won 4-1.
  20. Lightning center Brayden Point will miss tonight’s Round 2 series opener against the Panthers, coach Jon Cooper confirmed.
  21. Lightning center Anthony Cirelli (71) gets knocked off his skates as he battles Panthers left wing Mason Marchment (19) along the boards during last year's playoffs.
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