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For Panthers, regular season success didn't lead to Cup run

May. 24, 2022 13:28 PM EDT

SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — There will be a Presidents’ Trophy banner hanging over the Florida Panthers’ home ice next season. The team’s media relations department will spend its summer rewriting the record book because tons of pages need updating. And the earliest that the Panthers will again...

Defending Stanley Cup champion Lightning back in East finals

May. 24, 2022 10:53 AM EDT

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Jon Cooper had every reason to be confident the two-time defending Stanley Cup champion Tampa Bay Lightning could keep their bid for a three-peat alive. “Our story is not finished being written,” the coach said earlier this month with his team on the brink of...

Vasilevskiy, Lightning beat Panthers 2-0 in Game 4 for sweep

May. 23, 2022 22:56 PM EDT

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Andrei Vasilevskiy had 49 saves and the Tampa Bay Lightning completed a four-game sweep of the Florida Panthers with a 2-0 victory Monday night that sent the two-time defending Stanley Cup champions back to the Eastern Conference final for the sixth time in eight years. ...

Stamkos, Kucherov lead Lightning past Panthers 5-1 in Game 3

May. 22, 2022 18:42 PM EDT

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Andrei Vasilevskiy is a not-so-secret key ingredient in the Tampa Bay Lightning's recipe for success in the playoffs. The reigning Conn Smythe Trophy recipient won his fifth straight postseason game Sunday, stopping 34 of 35 shots to help the two-time defending...

Panthers face challenge of back-to-back on brink of sweep

May. 22, 2022 18:02 PM EDT

While acknowledging the Tampa Bay Lightning are showing why they are back-to-back Stanley Cup champions, the Florida Panthers know the have only themselves to blame for going down 3-0 in the second round. It could be pop country artist Kane Brown's fault if their series ends less...

Two-time defending champion Lightning chasing NHL history

May. 21, 2022 18:48 PM EDT

The Tampa Bay Lightning don’t want to get ahead of themselves in their bid to become the first team in 40 years to win three consecutive Stanley Cup titles. The two-time defending champions are up 2-0 on the Presidents Trophy-winning Florida Panthers in the Eastern Conference...

Colton scores late, Lightning beat Panthers 2-1 in Game 2

May. 19, 2022 23:39 PM EDT

SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — In four games over a pressure-filled week, the Tampa Bay Lightning have gone from the brink of playoff elimination to a 2-0 lead in the Eastern Conference semifinals. Ross Colton scored with 3.8 seconds remaining, giving the two-time defending Stanley Cup...

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...

Rangers-Canes, Battle of Alberta up next in NHL playoffs

May. 16, 2022 01:10 AM EDT

A few minutes after his New York Rangers moved on to the second round of the NHL playoffs by beating the Pittsburgh Penguins, Gerard Gallant had not mentally moved on to what’s next. “I don’t even know who we play,” Gallant said with a chuckle. It’s the...