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Game Three Caterwaul: Florida Panthers at Tampa Bay Lightning

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Cats need a win to climb back into the series

NHL: APR 17 Panthers at Lightning Photo by Andrew Bershaw/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Panthers ​at Lightning

  • WHEN: 6:30 p.m. ET
  • WHERE: Amalie Arena Tampa, FL
  • ON THE TUBE: USA Network, Bally Sports Florida, Bally Sports SUN
  • ON THE DIAL: 560 WQAM (D/B), 640 WMEN (PB), 1370 WAXE (TC), Thunder 100.3 (Keys)
  • SOCIALS: #FlaPanthers, #GoBolts, #FLAvsTBL, @LitterBoxCats, LBC FaceBook
  • ENEMY INTEL: Raw Charge
  • FLA IN SEASON SERIES: Game 3 of Best-of-7 (Lightning leads 2-0)
  • LAST MEETING: TBL 3, @FLA 1 - (Recap) - 5/18/2021
  • NEXT MEETING: May 22, 2021
  • PROJECTED STARTERS: Driedger (0-1 .929 / 2.05 0SO) vs Vasilevskiy (2-0 .931/ 2.51 0SO)
  • PLAYER STATS: Florida / Tampa Bay

Scouting Report

Leading their First Round playoff matchup against the Florida Panthers (No. 2 seed in Central Division) with a 2-0 total after a couple of road games, the Tampa Bay Lightning (No. 3 seed in Central) will head home to host the Cats in Game 3.

The Florida Panthers started the current Stanley Cup Playoff campaign with two successive home defeats to the Tampa Bay Lightning after following up Sunday’s 5-4 setback with a 3-1 loss at BB&T Center on Tuesday. The Cats killed all three of their penalties and outshot the visitors 33-29, but failed to convert on three power-play chances of their own, eventually finding the back of the net just once through Mason Marchment (2 goals, 10 points during the regular season), who cut Tampa Bay’s initial 2-0 first-period lead in half with five-and-a-half minutes remaining in the middle frame.

The Tampa Bay Lightning took a 2-0 lead in their First Round playoff series against the Florida Panthers after beating the Cats 3-1 at BB&T Center on Tuesday. Steven Stamkos (17 goals, 34 points during the regular season) opened the scoring at 4:52 of the first period after his pass across the crease redirected into the net. Ondrej Palat (15 goals, 46 points) made it 2-0 just 10 minutes later on a rebound, while Yanni Gourde (17 goals, 36 points) tallied into an empty net with 1:25 remaining after Florida cut it to 2-1 in the second period. The Bolts have now won six of their last seven postseason games, stretching back to last year’s Final.

Full preview at Winners & Whiners

Thursday in the Stanley Cup Playoffs (Standings/Panthers Playoff Chances):

  • Game 3: Pittsburgh at New York Islanders 7 p.m. NBCSN (Series tied 1-1)
  • Game 1: Montreal at Toronto 7:30 p.m. NHL Network
  • Game 3: Vegas at Minnesota 9:30 p.m. NBCSN (Series tied 1-1)

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