SUNRISE, Fla.- (AP) — Brayden Level scored two late targets, together with the game-winner with 1:14 left within the third interval, to elevate the Tampa Bay Lightning to a 5-4 win over the Florida Panthers on Sunday evening in Sport 1 of their playoff collection.
Nikita Kucherov scored two power-play targets in his first look of the season, and Blake Coleman scored a short-handed objective. Andrei Vasilevskiy made 35 saves and Victor Hedman had three assists.
Jonathan Huberdeau had a objective and two assists, Owen Tippitt amd Aleksander Barkov every had a objective and an help and Carter Verhaeghe scored a objective in opposition to his former crew to steer the Panthers. Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 34 photographs, and Keith Yandle and Sam Bennett every had two assists.
Level tied it at 4 with seven minutes to go on his power-play objective after which bought the winner when he skated in on a breakaway and backhanded the puck previous Bobrovsky.
With the Panthers trailing 3-2, Huberdeau skated in on a breakaway and slid the puck beneath Vasilevskiy’s pads at 1:27 into the third to tie the rating at 3.
Tippett gave the Panthers a 4-3 lead on his objective at 4:09 of the third.
The Panthers thought they scored a power-play objective when Sam Bennett pushed the puck previous Vasilevskiy at 7:26 of the primary, however the objective was waved off as a consequence of goalie interference. The Lightning took a 1-0 lead on Coleman’s short-handed objective 16 seconds later.
The Panthers tied it at 1 on Barkov’s power-play objective at 9:41, and Verhaeghe put them forward with 3:29 left within the first.
Kucherov tied the rating 2-all on his first power-play objective at 4:48 of the second. His second gave the Lightning a 3-2 lead when he one-timed a move from Hedman from the correct circle with 5:09 left within the second. Kucherov missed the whole common season with a hip damage after having surgical procedure on Dec. 29. He performed his first sport since Sept. 28.
The primary interval was particularly chippy, with a mixed 16 penalty minutes. The second interval ended with a combating scrum in entrance of the Tampa Bay internet.
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Steven Stamkos, who hadn’t performed since April 8 with a lower-body damage, a span of 16 video games, returned for Sport 1. Hedman (decrease physique) and Ryan McDonagh (higher physique) additionally returned after every missed the final two video games of the common season.
NOTES: Since his NHL debut in 2013-14, Kucherov has scored 38 postseason targets, tying him with Alex Ovechkin for many amongst all gamers. … Coleman’s short-handed objective was the primary within the playoffs for the Lightning since Alex Killorn in Sport 1, Spherical 1 within the 2019 playoffs.
The Panthers elevated capability to 50% for the playoffs. 9,646 attended Sunday’s sport.
The groups meet Tuesday for Sport 2.