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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.
John Romano | With Brayden Point out of the lineup for Tampa Bay, Kucherov makes a handful of head-turning plays against Florida.
It takes more than one player to overcome Brayden Point’s absence, as Tampa Bay moves ahead in the Sunshine State series.
Nikita Kucherov seemingly was feeling better and looking more like himself in a series-opening win.
Notes | The Panthers don’t get the win, but forward Anthony Duclair does get a bit of redemption.

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  1. 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.
  2. The Lightning's Victor Hedman (77), Corey Perry (10), Anthony Cirelli (71) and Steven Stamkos, facing front, celebrate Nikita Kucherov's third-period goal.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. Lightning center Brayden Point will miss tonight’s Round 2 series opener against the Panthers, coach Jon Cooper confirmed.
  8. 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.
  9. Lightning left wing Pierre-Edouard Bellemare (41) celebrates with right wing Corey Perry (10) and defenseman Zach Bogosian (24) moments after scoring against Toronto during Game 4 of the first round.
  10. It will be impossible for the Lightning to replicate what Brayden Point brings to the offense, like his overtime winner in Game 6, but this team has a knack for rising to the occasion.
  11. Goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy played a big role in the Lightning being able to come back from a three-games-to-two deficit to beat the Maple Leafs in seven games.
  12. Lightning forward Brayden Point (21) leaves the ice after being injured during the first period of Game 7 of the first-round series against the Maple Leafs Saturday in Toronto.
  13. Lightning left wing Pat Maroon (14) shoots the puck on Panthers goaltender Spencer Knight for a goal during the first period of Game 6 last May.
  14. Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy works to get a stop against Panthers right wing Patric Hornqvist (70) and center Aleksander Barkov (16) during an October game in Tampa.
  15. Lightning left wing Alex Killorn celebrates his goal, beating Panthers goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky to put Tampa Bay up 4-1 in Game 4 of last year's first-round playoff series.
  16. Lightning forward Nick Paul celebrates his second goal of the night against the Maple Leafs, during the second period of Game 7 in Toronto.
  17. Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy celebrates after defeating the Maple Leafs in Game 7 of a first-round playoff series in Toronto on Saturday.
  18. Lightning center  Nick Paul is pushed into Maple Leafs goaltender Jack Campbell by Colin Blackwell as Paul drives the net during the third period of Saturday's game in Toronto.
  19. Lightning players celebrate after defeating the Maple Leafs 2-1 in Game 7 on Saturday night in Toronto.
  20. Toronto Maple Leafs forward John Tavares (91) tries to tip the puck past Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy (88) as Lightning forward Brayden Point (21) keeps close during the first period of Game 7 Saturday in Toronto.
  21. For the fans who couldn't be in Toronto for Game 7, they packed Armature Works for a Lightning watch party Saturday night.
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