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2022 NHL Playoffs: Rangers cut into Hurricanes series lead; Lightning go up 3-0 over Panthers

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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.

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The Carolina Hurricanes again had problems on the road. The New York Rangers took their first series win at Madison Square Garden 3-1. Carolina is still leading 2-1.

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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

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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.

Game 3: Rangers 3, Hurricanes 1

New York took their first win of the series after a great performance at home. Rangers center Mika Zibanejad had just four shots and no points in the first two games of the series. However, he played a key role in his team’s offense on Sunday, starting with the first goal of the game. Left wing Artemy Panarin sent a pass to Zibanejad across the ice, who then sent the puck to the left side of the net, giving New York an early lead.

The Rangers extended their lead by just under six minutes in the second period when Zibanejad helped Chris Kreider keep control of the puck behind the net. It was a crazy moment for the Hurricanes when defenseman Tony DeAngelo lost his stick but still tried to block a wrist shot and Kreider drove her to the end of the lap.

Less than three minutes later, Nino Niederreiter brought Carolina to the board. New York wanted to score, but a bad pass resulted in the loss of the ball. Jordan Staal picked up the change and then sent it to Niederreiter to pick it up the rest of the way.

The Rangers went into third with a 2-1 lead, but both teams were more or less even in the first two periods with 13 chances each, and New York were able to end the game with an empty-net goal by Tyler Mott. Game 4 is set for Tuesday night at Madison Square Garden.


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