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Nuts & Bolts: A first chance to close out the Cats

Tampa Bay is one win away from a trip back to the Eastern Conference Final

by Bryan Burns @BBurnsNHL / TampaBayLightning.com

Everything you need to know ahead of the Lightning's Game 4 matchup against the Panthers on Monday.

When: Monday, May 23 - 7 p.m. ET
Where: AMALIE Arena - Tampa, FL
TV coverage: TNT (check local listings)
Radio coverage: 970 WFLA-AM, Lightning Power Play
Where to stream it: tntdrama.com

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Krenn: Three Things we learned from taking a 3-0 series lead

Chris Krenn on executing within the system, playing for one another and Kucherov's four points

by Chris Krenn @Chris_Krenn / TampaBayLightning.com

Three down, one to go.

The Tampa Bay Lightning continued their second-round success on Sunday afternoon when they defeated the Florida Panthers 5-1 at AMALIE Arena. With the win, the Bolts now hold a 3-0 lead over the Cats heading into Game 4 on Monday night.

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Mishkin's Extra Shift: Lightning 5, Panthers 1 - Game 3

Radio broadcaster Dave Mishkin recaps Tampa Bay's Game 3 victory over Florida on Sunday

by Dave Mishkin @DaveMishkin / TampaBayLightning.com

For the third consecutive game in this series, the Lightning held the Panthers to just one goal. But this was Florida's most dynamic offensive performance in the series. More than they did in either of the first two games, the Panthers generated prime scoring chances - at least through the first two periods. But in the end, they still only scored once. Andrei Vasilevskiy had an outsized role, as he erased many of the Panthers' best chances. Also, Lightning defenders worked hard to recover after turnovers and/or breakdowns. At the other end, the Lightning were more efficient at finishing their chances through the opening 40 minutes. As a result, they took a 3-1 lead into the second intermission. Then in the third, the Lightning produced their best defensive period of the game. While it's true that the Panthers registered 15 third period shots, they weren't able to create as many Grade-A looks as they had in either of the first two periods. Over the final 20 minutes, the Lightning never allowed the Panthers (who led the NHL in comeback wins this season) to cut into the multi-goal deficit.

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Lightning hold serve on home ice

Tampa Bay downs Florida 5-1 in Game 3 to take a commanding 3-0 series lead over their in-state rivals

by Jacob Lynn @TBLightning / TampaBayLightning.com

Behind four points from Nikita Kucherov and another superb goaltending performance from Andrei Vasilevskiy, the Lightning defeated the Panthers 5-1 in Game 3 and took a commanding 3-0 series lead.

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Local Law enforcement officers honored as Lightning Community Heroes

The $50,000 Lightning Foundation grant will be donated to the Tampa Bay Area Chiefs of Police Foundation

by Press Release @LightningFDN / TampaBayLightning.com

TAMPA BAY - In honor and celebration of National Police Week, the Tampa Bay Lightning honored local law enforcement officers as the Lightning Community Heroes this evening during the first period of today's game against the Florida Panthers. Tampa Bay Area Chiefs of Police Foundation received a $50,000 donation from the Lightning Foundation and the Lightning Community Heroes program, presented by Jabil.  

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Lightning sign forward Jaydon Dureau to entry-level contract

Dureau recorded a career-high 66 points with Portland of the WHL this season

by Press Release @TBLightning / TampaBayLightning.com

TAMPA BAY - The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed forward Jaydon Dureau to a three-year, entry-level contract today, vice president and general manager Julien BriseBois announced. 

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Nuts & Bolts: Back home with a 2-0 series lead

The Lightning and Panthers shift their Second Round Series to Tampa for Game 3 on Sunday afternoon

by Bryan Burns @BBurnsNHL / TampaBayLightning.com

Everything you need to know ahead of the Lightning's Game 3 matchup against the Panthers on Sunday.

When: Sunday, May 22 - 1:30 p.m. ET
Where: AMALIE Arena - Tampa, FL
TV coverage: TNT (check local listings)
Radio coverage: 970 WFLA-AM, Lightning Power Play
Where to stream it: tntdrama.com

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Krenn: Three things we learned from a last-second win in Game 2

Chris Krenn on shot blocking, Colton's buzzer beater and a 2-0 series lead

by Chris Krenn @Chris_Krenn / TampaBayLightning.com

Are you not entertained?

It was a championship effort from the Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday night in a huge 2-1 win over the Florida Panthers in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals. Let's start from the top.

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Mishkin's Extra Shift: Lightning 2, Panthers 1 - Game 2

Radio broadcaster Dave Mishkin recaps Tampa Bay's Game 2 win over Florida

by Dave Mishkin @DaveMishkin / TampaBayLightning.com

Certainly, the biggest play in this game occurred in the closing seconds of the third period, when Nikita Kucherov delivered a no-look backhand pass from behind the Florida net to an unguarded Ross Colton in front for the game-winning goal. It was an incredible pass from Kucherov and a decisive finish from Colton, who snapped a one-timer into the top of the net.

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Lightning win Game 2 in dramatic fashion

Ross Colton broke a tie game with the winner in the final 10 seconds of regulation

by Jacob Lynn @TBLightning / TampaBayLightning.com

Just when it seemed Game 2 would be decided in overtime, the Lightning delivered some more late playoff magic.

Tied 1-1 with the Panthers in the final 10 seconds of regulation, a breakdown in coverage left Ross Colton all alone in front of the net. Nikita Kucherov worked him the puck and Colton lifted a shot over Sergei Bobrovsky to cement a 2-1 win for Tampa Bay.

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