Point progressing for Lightning, could return during playoffs

TAMPA – Brayden Point could return for the Tampa Bay Lightning in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, though coach Jon Cooper said he doesn’t know when that could. “It’s hard for me to say right now because I don’t even know when this next round is going to start,” Cooper said Friday before it was announced … Read more

Perry enjoys postseason playing for Lightning instead of against them

TAMPA, Fla. – Corey Perry is having fun being on the Tampa Bay Lightning’s side in the Stanley Cup Playoffs this season. After losing to the Lightning in the Stanley Cup Final with the Dallas Stars in 2020 and with the Montreal Canadiens last season, Perry signed with them as an unrestricted free agent last … Read more

2022 Stanley Cup playoffs – Takeaways after four games in each second-round series

We’re past the halfway point of each second-round series in the 2022 Stanley Cup playoffs, and one conference semifinalist has already begun its offseason, as the Presidents ’Trophy-winning Florida Panthers were swept by the Tampa Bay Lightning. What have the first four games of each series taught us? And how will those lessons impact the … Read more

Panthers sweep at hands of Lightning ‘tough pill to swallow’

“I think we’re closer than ever,” Panthers coach Andrew Brunette said. “But we got swept, and there’s another level we’ve got to climb still. We’re still climbing, and I thought hoping – not hoping, but I believe – we were ready for that next step, and unfortunately, we fell short. “ The Panthers won the … Read more

NHL playoffs results daily: Kadri’s hat-trick powers Avalanche, Lightning sweep Panthers

Game 4: Lightning 2, Panthers 0 | Tampa Bay wins 4-0 Who was the guy ?: Well, it was a close-out game, so the answer is the same as it’s been in seemingly every other Lightning close-out game for the last three postseasons. Andrei Vasilevskiy put up yet another shutout – his sixth in the … Read more

NHL playoffs results daily: Rangers get rolling, Oilers pull ahead, Lightning extend lead

Game 3: Lightning 5, Panthers 1 | Tampa Bay leads 3-0 Who was the guy ?: Nikita Kucherov has been a difference-maker this series. His goal and three assists in Game 3 bring him up to seven points in Round 2, 15 points in 10 playoff tilts. As much as the expectation can be for … Read more

Top-seeded Florida Panthers’ season ends after sweep by Tampa Bay Lightning

The Florida Panthers have been swept out of the NHL postseason, falling 2-0 to host Tampa Bay in Game 4 of their second-round Stanley Cup playoff series on Monday. Florida was the NHL’s top-seeded team entering the playoffs, having earned the franchise’s first Presidents’ Trophy title on the strength of a 122-point campaign. The Panthers … Read more

McDonagh’s daughter is ‘good-luck charm’ for Lightning in Game 3

TAMPA – Ryan McDonagh said he tried to take it all in during the pregame events with his 5-year-old daughter, Falan, the honorary “Thunderkid” for Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Second Round, skating around the rink and then standing next to him for the national anthem. “We’ve been practicing at home for this,” the … Read more

Lightning defeat Panthers in Game 3, on the verge of second-round sweep

TAMPA – The Tampa Bay Lightning moved within one win of a sweep of the Florida Panthers in the Eastern Conference Second Round with a 5-1 victory in Game 3 at Amalie Arena on Sunday. Tampa Bay leads the best-of-7 series 3-0. Game 4 is here Monday. Teams that take a 3-0 lead in a … Read more