SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) – Ross Colton scored with 3.8 seconds remaining, giving two-time Stanley Cup champion Tampa Bay Lightning a 2-1 win in game 2 of the Eastern Conference semifinals Thursday night.
A stunning finish put Lightning into a 2-0 lead in a best-of-seven series against Tampa in Game 3 on Sunday.
The game looked like it was going to drag on for some more time before Colton scored from just in front of goalkeeper Sergei Bobrovsky after a backhand pass from Nikita Kucherov, who blocked a loose shot behind Florida’s net.
Tampa Bay’s power play was again the catalyst, generating Corey Perry’s first goal after scoring three times in the Lightning’s 4-1 win in game 1.
Perry’s goal was Lightning’s fourth of seven power play opportunities to start the streak.
Meanwhile, Florida’s power play continues to be unsettling.
The Panthers scored the third most goals in the regular season, but entered the second game of a zero-goal streak with a score of 21 in human favors through seven games after the season. They were zero for four on Thursday night, with the team’s only goal coming from a 30-yard shot from Eetu Luostarinen that overcame Andrei Vasilevskiy with 1:53 remaining in the second half.
Florida had a third chance to play for power in the last minute of the second half and had a few good plays, but was still forced into a break. The Panthers also had another chance in the closing minutes of season three, but were left empty-handed.
Vasilevskiy saved 34 of 35 shots for Tampa Bay. Bobrovsky finished with 25 saves, including a couple of big saves that kept the Lightning from breaking the previous 1-1 draw in the third round.
https://www.wfla.com/sports/tampa-bay-lightning/colton-scores-late-lightning-beat-panthers-2-1-in-game-2/ Colton scores late, Lightning beat Panthers 2-1 in Game 2