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Second round: Lightning-Panthers Game 2 live updates

Ross Colton scores with less than four seconds remaining as Tampa Bay takes a two-game series lead.
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.
Published May 19|Updated May 20

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Ross Colton scored with less than four seconds remaining to lift the Lightning to a 2-1 victory over the Panthers in Game 2 of their second-round playoff series Thursday at FLA Live Arena in Sunrise.

Tampa Bay takes a 2-0 series lead into Game 3 Sunday at Amalie Arena.

With the game seemingly headed to overtime, Nikita Kucherov collected a puck behind the Panthers net and sent a backhand pass to a wide-open Colton, who scored from below the left circle.

The Lightning led 1-0 on Corey Perry’s first-period power-play goal before Eetu Luostarinen tied it late in the second.

Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy made 35 saves on 36 shots and has now stopped 98 of 101 over his past three games.

Here’s how it happened:

Third period

Lightning and Panthers players tussle during the second period.
Lightning and Panthers players tussle during the second period. [ DIRK SHADD | Times ]

Panthers will start the period with 1:13 remaining on the power play

Nick Paul sends the puck down the ice

Paul again clears the puck out of the zone

Lightning kill the Kucherov penalty

Patric Hornqvist tries to pull a puck out from under Vasilevskiy but pokes it wide

MacKenzie Weegar shot blocked by Stamkos

Cernak blocks Weegar shot

Barkov shot blocked by Bellemare

Hagel limps off after blocking a shot

Killorn blocks Acciari shot

Hagel is back on the Lightning bench

Gudas hits Cirelli along the boards

Reinhart shot from the right circle off the rush misses the net

McDonagh shot from the center point misses wide

Panthers penalized for too many men on the ice with just over 11 minutes remaining

Stamkos one-timer from the left circle stopped by Bobrovsky, Lightning’s first shot on goal in last nine minutes

Panthers clear the puck out of the zone

Hedman shot from the point goes wide

Weegar clears the puck out of the zone

Panthers kill the penalty; Lightning had one shot on the power play

Wow! Bobrovsky lunges to his left to make a glove save on a Palat shot from the right circle that seemed headed for an open net with just over four minutes remaining

Stamkos penalized for tripping Reinhart in the neutral zone with 3:23 remaining

Quick shot off the faceoff by Duclair blocked

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Girioux shot blocked

Duclair redirect stopped by Vasilevskiy

Girioux shot from the right point goes wide

Huberdeau shot off Vasileskiy’s glove

Barkov shot blocked, and Lightning clear the puck

Lightning kill the Stamkos penalty

Montour blast from the left circle saved by Vasilevskiy

LIGHTNING GOAL! Ross Colton scores from below the left circle off a backhand pass from Kucherov from behind the net with 3.8 seconds remaining. Lightning 2, Panthers 1.

(Lightning win 2-1, take 2-0 series lead)

Second period

Lightning forwards Corey Perry (10), right, and Steven Stamkos (91) celebrate Perry's power-play goal in the first period.
Lightning forwards Corey Perry (10), right, and Steven Stamkos (91) celebrate Perry's power-play goal in the first period. [ DIRK SHADD | Times ]

Nick Paul shot kicked out by Sergei Bobrovsky

Bobrovsky blocks Alex Killorn shot from the slot

Aaron Ekblad blast from the right circle blocked by Steven Stamkos, who skates to the bench in pain and heads to the locker room at the end of his shift

Ekblad shot saved by Andrei Vasilevskiy

Ekblad again stopped by Andrei Vasilevskiy

Pierre-Edouard Bellemare penalized for tripping, and the Panthers get their first power play

Cernak is back on the ice

Ekblad shot from the center point gloved by Vasilevskiy

Jonathan Huberdeau shot tipped wide by Claude Giroux

Lightning clear the puck

Sam Bennett steals the puck from Ondrej Palat but Lightning get it back out of their zone

Lightning kill the penalty; Panthers now 0-for-22 on the power play in the playoffs

MacKenzie Weegar shot misses wide

Zach Bogosian shot from the right circle hits the side of the net

Stamkos hits Patric Hornqvist

Girioux shot from the left circle goes wide

Radko Gudas hits Cernak into the boards, eliciting loud cheers from the crowd

Cernak shot from right point saved by Bobrovsky

Panthers with only six scoring chances through first half of the game

Pat Maroon puts Gudas in a headlock after Gudas gives Vasilevskiy a snow shower while driving the net

Victor Hedman penalized for holding Claude Giroux’s stick

Anthony Cirelli sends the puck down the ice

Alex Killorn shorthanded shot from the slot gets behind Bobrovsky, who reaches back to cover the puck

Gudas penalized for cross-checking Brandon Hagel, putting Lightning on the power play for the second time

Nikita Kucherov pass to Cirelli to Perry tipped wide of the net

Kucherov shot from the right circle saved by Bobrovsky

Stamkos shot saved by Bobrovsky

Kucherov shoots wide

Panthers kill the Gudas penalty

Vasilevskiy saves Forsling shot from the left circle after a cross-ice pass from Huberdeau

PANTHERS GOAL: Eetu Luostarinen shot from the top of the left circle gets behind Vasilevskiy as Gustav Forsling drives the net. Lightning 1, Panthers 1. (1:53 remaining)

Kucherov penalized for tripping Montour (46.9 remaining)

(Lightning and Panthers tied at 1 after two periods)

First period

Lightning center Steven Stamkos (91) is seen on the ice just prior to taking on the Florida Panthers in Game 2.
Lightning center Steven Stamkos (91) is seen on the ice just prior to taking on the Florida Panthers in Game 2. [ DIRK SHADD | Times ]

Patric Hornqvist hits Ondrej Palat

Patric Hornqvist shot saved by Andrei Vasilevskiy

MacKenzie Weegar hits Corey Perry

Gustav Forsling shot doesn’t get to the net

Anthony Cirelli hits Forsling

Forsling shot misses the net

Brandon Montour hits Palat

Montour blocks shot by Palat

Montour hits Palat

Sam Reinhart hits Palat

Ryan Lomberg backhander saved by Vasilevskiy

Ross Colton hits Ben Chiarot

Cal Foote shot deflected up into the stands

Sergei Bobrovsky stops Pat Maroon shot from left circle after pass from Nikita Kucherov sent Maroon in on a 2-on-1

Bobrovsky saves Cirelli shot from the left circle

Claude Giroux pass for Carter Verhaeghe broken up

Brandon Hagel shot saved by Bobrovsky

Palat shot blocked

Brandon Montour penalized for hooking, and the Lightning get their first power play with 8:31 left in period

LIGHTNING GOAL! Corey Perry, in the slot, tips a Steven Stamkos shot from the left circle over Bobrovsky’s glove. Lightning 1, Panthers 0.

Bobrovsky makes a stick save on Hagel blast from the right circle

Verhaeghe shot from the left circle blocked by Cernak

Forsling shot rides up Cernak’s stick and hits him in the face

Cernak, bent over, leaves the ice holding a glove to his face after being hit high up face; Sergachev left for the locker room earlier

(Lightning lead 1-0 after one period)

Pregame scouting report

Lightning forward Anthony Cirelli (71) and Florida Panthers defenseman Gustav Forsling (42) collide during the first period of Game 1 Tuesday in Sunrise.
Lightning forward Anthony Cirelli (71) and Florida Panthers defenseman Gustav Forsling (42) collide during the first period of Game 1 Tuesday in Sunrise. [ DIRK SHADD | Times ]

Most hockey observers would agree that last season’s opening-round series between the Lightning and Panthers was the most exciting of the 2021 postseason. Exciting back-and-forth action. High-scoring theatrics. Intense physical battles.

Game 1 of the second-round series between the teams Tuesday in Sunrise offered little in the way of similar entertainment value.

But the Lightning got just the outcome they wanted in a 4-1 win.

Knowing better than to get into a track meet with high-flying Florida, Tampa Bay slowed the Panthers through the neutral zone, got bodies in front of shots (blocking 16) and played with discipline, mostly staying out of the penalty box.

The Lightning scored three power-play goals, and Nikita Kucherov provided one of the few highlight-reel plays with an inside-outside move on defenseman Aaron Ekblad before setting up Corey Perry for the tying goal late in the second period.

Goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy was his usual dependable self in net, stopping 33 of 34 shots, and Pierre-Edouard Bellemare, Kucherov and Ross Colton added third-period goals as Tampa Bay pulled away down the stretch.

While it’s possible the intensity could pick up as the series moves along, the Lightning seem to have found a formula that works for them, and it doesn’t involve putting up big numbers on the scoreboard.

With Brayden Point out of the lineup with a lower-body injury, Kucherov stepped up into the starring role, the “School Bus Line” of Perry, Bellemare and Pat Maroon chipped in with a couple of goals and the Lightning went with an 11-forward, 7-defensemen lineup, which proved fortuitous when they were down to five D-men at one point in the second period.

Point likely will be out again tonight for Game 2, but defenseman Erik Cernak is expected to be back after missing more than 26 minutes of Game 1 after blocking a shot. Panthers forward Mason Marchment, who missed Tuesday’s game, likely will remain out, while forward Carter Verhaeghe will be a game-time decision.

Follow our live updates, starting at 7 p.m., as the Lightning aim to jump out to a two-game lead in the best-of-seven series.

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