Tampa, Fla. (WFLA) – Tampa Bay Lightning were on their way to start the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, but thankfully they didn’t have to go too far.
Lightning faces the Florida Panthers in Sunrise, Florida during Game 1 on Tuesday. Ondrej Palat, Nick Paul, Alex Killorn, Ryan McDonagh, Zach Bogosian and Andrei Vasilevskiy were named as starters just before the puck drop.
The Bolts and Panthers met last season in the first leg playoff series, which Tampa Bay ultimately won. The Lightning went on to win the Stanley Cup for the second year in a row.
The team is now hoping for a triple peat.
“What we’ve achieved in the last two seasons is utopian but when you have these opportunities, you don’t want to squander these opportunities,” Lightning guard Victor Hedman said.
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