A three-goal third-period blitz powered the Lightning to a 4-1 win over the Panthers Tuesday in the first game of their second-round NHL playoff series.
Three of Tampa Bay’s four goals came on the power play after Florida took a 1-0 lead after the first period.
Lightning goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy had 34 saves.
“To me, that’s what great goaltenders do, and they give you a chance to win a hockey game and that’s what our guy did again tonight,” Lightning Coach Jon Cooper said.
Game 2 is Thursday in Sunrise before the series shifts to Tampa Sunday at 1:30 p.m.
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