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Lightning sweep Panthers to reach Eastern Conference Final

We’re recapping each game in the second round between the Panthers and Lightning in the 2022 NHL playoffs.

NHL: Tampa Bay Lightning at Florida Panthers Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports

The Florida Panthers will face their Atlantic Division rival Tampa Bay Lightning in a best-of-7 Eastern Conference second round series of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. The teams split their four regular-season games 2-2. The Panthers are a -150 betting favorite for the series on DraftKings Sportsbook. Tampa Bay is +130.

Here we’re going to be tracking the results from the Panthers-Lightning series in the second round of the 2022 NHL playoffs.

Panthers vs. Lightning series: TB leads 3-0

Game 1: Lightning 4, Panthers 1
Game 2: Lightning 2, Panthers 1
Game 3: Lightning 5, Panthers 1
Game 4: Lightning 2, Panthers 0

Recap — The defending champions are heading back to the Eastern Conference Final with a sweep of the Panthers in the second round. Tampa Bay shut out the Panthers behind 49 saves from Andrei Vasilevskiy, who has his sights set on winning another Conn Smythe Trophy for playoff MVP. The Bolts held the Panthers to under a goal per game in the sweep. The Lightning will await the winner of the Carolina Hurricanes-New York Rangers series in the conference finals.