The Stanley Cup playoff game continues on Sunday with three games scheduled. The Tampa Bay Lightning opened the day looking after business with a 5-1 win over the Florida Panthers. The Lightnings need another win to complete the standings and advance to the Eastern Conference Finals.
The Carolina Hurricanes are looking for their first road win of the postseason as they try to extend their 2-0 series lead against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden. Here is the game tracker.
Sunday’s game will end with the Calgary Flames and Edmonton Oilers facing each other to see who takes the lead in what is currently tied 1-1. This game will be on ESPN at 20 :00 ET and you can stream the action on fuboTV (try for free).
Game 3: Lightning 5, Panthers 1
The Lightning are hungry for a three-time Stanley Cup title, and they certainly play that way. They took a 3-0 lead in the second round and just need to win one more home game on Monday to crush the Panthers.
The game was even after the first period, as each team scored a goal in the first frame. Corey Perry scored first for the Lightning at 13:21 when Ryan McDonagh shot straight through the center and Perry deflected the puck into the net. That lead lasted less than three minutes when Florida center Sam Reinhart took advantage of the power play. Prior to Reinhart’s goal, the Panthers hadn’t scored on a powerplay in the entire postseason (0-for-25).
Tampa Bay took control early in the second period when defenseman Erik Cernak received a pass from Ondrej Palat that was originally intended for Ross Colton but missed his stick. Chernak caught the puck and sent it to the top right corner of the goal. That pass didn’t work out as intended, but still produced a good result, giving the Lightning a 2-1 lead – a lead they didn’t concede from.
Right winger Nikita Kucherov sent an incredibly smooth pass to Steven Stamos, who buried the puck in Tampa Bay’s third goal.
Florida goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky was pulled out of the net with less than five minutes remaining in the third period, and the Lightning added a pair of empty nets to widen their lead late in the game. Tampa Bay will now look to beat their state rivals on a short break with Game 4 taking place Monday night at the Amalia Arena.