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Lightning right wing Corey Perry (10) and center Pierre-Edouard Bellemare (41) work in front of Florida Panthers goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky (72) during Game 3 Sunday at Amalie Arena.
With limited ice time, the veteran forward uses his energy and positive personality to bring up the bench.
John Romano | Yes, they keep winning but the Lightning also endear themselves with selfless play and devotion.
Andrei Vasilevskiy is clutch, and Pat Maroon scores the winner in Game 4 of the second-round series.
Florida played its best game of the series by far but still couldn’t avoid being swept. Or even score a goal.

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  1. Lightning right wing Corey Perry (10) and center Pierre-Edouard Bellemare (41) work in front of Florida Panthers goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky (72) during Game 3 Sunday at Amalie Arena.
  2. Lightning players celebrate on the bench as left wing Ondrej Palat scores the empty-net goal to go up 2-0 on the Panthers near the end of Game 4 Monday night.
  3. Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy (88) is mobbed by his team after making 49 saves to earn the shutout and defeat the Florida Panthers 2-0 in Game 4 of the second round Monday night.
  4. Lightning left wing Ondrej Palat (18) battles for positioning against Florida Panthers defenseman MacKenzie Weegar (52) during the first period of Game 4 Monday at Amalie Arena.
  5. Lightning center Steven Stamkos, left, shakes hands with Panthers goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky after Tampa Bay knocked Florida out of the second round Monday night.
  6. Tampa Bay Lightning left wing Pierre-Edouard Bellemare (41) battle Florida Panthers center Sam Bennett (9) for the puck as it bounces up during second period action of Game 4 of the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs at Amalie Arena on Monday, May 23, 2022 in Tampa.
  7. Florida Panthers center Joe Thornton (19) on the ice with his team during warm ups before taking on the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 4 of the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs at Amalie Arena on Monday, May 23, 2022 in Tampa. Thornton set to make his 2022 postseason debut in Game 4,
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. Panthers and former Lightning forward Carter Verhaeghe (23) set a Florida franchise record with 12 points in the opening-round series against the Capitals.
  19. 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.
  20. 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.
  21. Lightning center Ross Colton celebrates his third-period game-winning goal against the Florida Panthers in Game 2 on Thursday night in Sunrise.
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