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Support cast guides Avs in Game 1 win, stars spark Lightning

May. 18, 2022 16:58 PM EDT

Sometimes, your top players aren’t at their peak and you still win. Exhibit A: Colorado defenseman and Norris Trophy finalist Cale Makar. Sometimes, your top players are your top players and you win handily. Exhibits B and C: Tampa Bay forward Nikita...

Lightning strike first against Panthers, win 4-1 in Game 1

May. 17, 2022 22:53 PM EDT

SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — The Tampa Bay Lightning won the first two games of their playoff series with the Florida Panthers on the road last year. They're halfway to a repeat performance. Pierre-Edouard Bellemare scored the go-ahead goal early in the third period, Andrei...

Expect more traditional playoff hockey in NHL's 2nd round

May. 16, 2022 18:56 PM EDT

With full arenas around North America buzzing for the NHL playoffs for the first time in three years, the first round overflowed with energy that sometimes amounted to blowouts and full penalty boxes. By the time almost every series reached Game 6 — and five got to Game 7 — signs...

Rematch: Lightning, Panthers set to meet again in playoffs

May. 16, 2022 15:06 PM EDT

SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — The two-time defending Stanley Cup champions on one side. The Presidents’ Trophy winners on the other. Franchises separated by just a couple hundred miles of highway. And two teams that don’t like each other very much. Tampa Bay and Florida. For the state...

Panthers find their mojo to beat Capitals, reach 2nd round

May. 14, 2022 02:58 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — When the Florida Panthers faced their first real adversity of the season trailing their playoff series against the Washington Capitals, players held a meeting to set things straight. They talked about what they needed to do better and got on the same page. ...

Panthers beat Caps in OT, win series for 1st time since '96

May. 14, 2022 00:27 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Jonathan Huberdeau couldn't remember what it was like to be on the smiling side of a handshake line. The feelings were so strong after he and the Florida Panthers beat the Washington Capitals 4-3 in overtime Friday night to win Game 6 and move on to the second...

Comeback Cats do it again, rally to top Caps 5-3 in Game 5

May. 11, 2022 23:22 PM EDT

SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — Carter Verhaeghe was brought to the Florida Panthers for big postseason moments. Like this one. Verhaeghe set a Panthers franchise playoff record with a five-point night — two goals, three assists — and the Comeback Cats pulled off another...

Pressure is on Panthers, Rangers, Flames down 2-1 in series

May. 08, 2022 16:58 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Aaron Ekblad paused for almost 10 seconds to consider what the Florida Panthers need to do better to even their series against the Washington Capitals. “I think there’s a lot of things that we could do better,” he said. “I think to sum it up simply is:...

NHL playoffs full of lopsided scores, lacking comebacks

May. 07, 2022 19:38 PM EDT

The NHL playoffs are missing the close games and comebacks that seemingly come annually with all the postseason intensity. Excluding games with empty-netters increasing the margin, 10 of the 20 first-round games through Friday night have been decided by three or more goals. By...

Capitals rout Panthers 6-1 in Game 3 to take 2-1 series lead

May. 07, 2022 17:11 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Fans' cheers brought Ilya Samsonov close to tears on the way to his first NHL playoff victory. Chants of “Sammy! Sammy!” followed one of many important saves he made in Washington's 6-1 rout of Florida in Game 3 on Saturday. Samsonov rebounded after allowing...