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Vasilevskiy, Lightning sweep Panthers to reach East final

Andrei Vasilevskiy made 49 saves to assist the Tampa Bay Lightning full a four-game sweep of the visiting Florida Panthers with a 2-0 win in Game 4 of their Stanley Cup Playoffs second-round sequence on Monday evening.

Vasilevskiy stopped 151 of 154 pictures within the 4 video games for the two-time defending Stanley Cup champions, together with the final 88. He has recorded shutouts in six of his previous seven series-clinching playoff wins.

Pat Maroon broke a scoreless tie within the third interval for Tampa Bay, which had two targets waved off following critiques within the second. Ondrej Palat added an empty-net purpose within the final minute.

Sergei Bobrovsky made 23 saves for the Panthers, who had the most effective document within the NHL in the course of the common season. The Presidents’ Trophy winner failed to advance previous the second spherical of the playoffs for the seventh consecutive year.

Maroon’s purpose was arrange by Lightning defenseman Zach Bogosian, who stopped the puck in entrance of the blue line and flicked a shot up excessive at Bobrovsky.

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Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 151 of 154 pictures within the Lightning’s sweep of the Panthers.
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The puck popped within the air and Maroon reached over Bobrovsky, getting a blade on it earlier than Bobrovsky backed into the bouncing puck and knocked it throughout the purpose line.

Palat, who had been referred to as for delay of recreation with 2:30 remaining, got here out of the field and scored with 23 seconds left.

Alex Killorn appeared to give Tampa Bay a 1-0 lead at 8:44 of the second interval when he tipped in a slap shot from Mikhail Sergachev.

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The Panthers claimed the puck had glanced off the netting above the nook simply prior to the purpose and play ought to have been stopped.

Following an extended assessment, officers agreed and disallowed the purpose.

Tampa Bay’s Nikita Kucherov then appeared to rating on a one-timer from the left faceoff circle two seconds after teammate Anthony Cirelli gained a faceoff within the Florida zone.

However, the Panthers challenged once more, claiming Cirelli used his glove to go the puck to Kucherov and play ought to have been stopped due to a hand go.

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After one other assessment, the referees waved off the purpose.

Florida outshot the Lightning 18-3 within the scoreless first interval.

Vasilevskiy made 5 saves throughout an influence play within the final minute of the primary interval to maintain the sport scoreless.

The Panthers didn’t capitalize on three energy performs to end 1-for-31 with the person benefit within the playoffs.

Florida heart Joe Thornton, 42, performed in his 187th NHL playoff recreation. Only former San Jose Sharks teammate Patrick Marleau has appeared in additional playoff video games (195) with out profitable a Stanley Cup.

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