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Nuts & Bolts: Lightning look to extend series lead Tuesday in Game 2

A third period rally led the Bolts to a 5-4 victory in the series opener

by Bryan Burns @BBurnsNHL / TampaBayLightning.com

Fresh off a dramatic win on Sunday to grab the series lead, the Lightning return to the BB&T Center on Tuesday for Game 2 against the Panthers. 

When: Tuesday, May 18 - 8:00 p.m. ET
Where: BB&T Center - Sunrise, FL
TV coverage: Bally Sports Sun (check local listings)
Radio coverage: 970 WFLA-AM, Lightning Power Play
Stream info: Bally Sports AppNHL.TV

Projected Lineup (subjec to change)
Forwards
Ondrej Palat - Brayden Point - Nikita Kucherov
Alex Killorn - Anthony Cirelli - Steven Stamkos
Ross Colton - Yanni Gourde - Blake Coleman
Pat Maroon - Tyler Johnson - Mathieu Joseph

Defensemen
Victor Hedman - Jan Rutta
Ryan McDonagh - Erik Cernak
Mikhail Sergachev - David Savard

Goaltenders
Andrei Vasilevskiy
Curtis McElhinney

Tuesday's Matchup
The Lightning and Panthers are playing Game 2 of their best-of-seven First Round Stanley Cup Playoffs series...Tampa Bay ended a three-game losing skid to Florida going back to the regular season...The Lightning are 4-5-0 against the Panthers in 2020-21 combining regular season and playoff contests, including a 2-3-0 record at BB&T Center...Tampa Bay has played more regular season games (146) versus Florida than any other NHL opponent, the Lightning owning a 65-58-13 record with 10 ties all-time...Victor Hedman leads the Lightning for scoring this season (reg. season and playoffs) vs. Florida, recording 1-8--9 pts...Brayden Point paces the Bolts for goals this season (reg. season and playoffs) vs. Florida, recording 6-2--8 pts. 

Tuesday's Storylines
The Lightning are playing their 29th playoff series in franchise history...Tampa Bay is 9-2 all-time in playoff series when winning the opening game of the series...The Lightning have won five of their last six playoff games going back to the 2020 Stanley Cup Final...The Bolts are 18-10 all-time in Game 2s, including an 11-5 record under head coach Jon Cooper in Game 2s...The Lightning are 7-3 in road Game 2s...The Bolts are 6-5 in Game 2s when they win Game 1.

Injuries
2020-21 Reg. Season Man Games Lost: 154 
2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs Man Games Lost: 1 
Current injuries 
Barclay Goodrow (Upper-body injury May 8; Out indefinitely) 1 Game

The Road Ahead
Game 3 Lightning vs. Panthers | Thursday, May 20, 2021
Game 4 Lightning vs. Panthers | Saturday, May 22, 2021
Game 5 Lightning at Panthers | Monday, May 24, 2021*
Game 6 Lightning vs. Panthers | Wednesday, May 26, 2021*
Game 7 Lightning at Panthers | Friday, May 28, 2021*
*if necessary 

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