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Game Four CaterThread: Florida Panthers at Tampa Bay Lightning

LBC’s 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs Live Discussion Forum

Panthers ​at Lightning

  • WHEN: 12:30 p.m. ET
  • WHERE: Amalie Arena Tampa, FL
  • ON THE TUBE: CNBC, Bally Sports Florida, Bally Sports SUN
  • ON THE DIAL: 560 WQAM (D/B), 850 WFLT (PB), 1370 WAXE (TC), Thunder 100.3 (Keys)
  • SOCIALS: #FlaPanthers, #GoBolts, #FLAvsTBL, @LitterBoxCats, LBC FaceBook
  • ENEMY INTEL: Raw Charge
  • FLA IN SEASON SERIES: Game 4 of Best-of-7 (Lightning leads 2-1)
  • LAST MEETING: FLA 6, @TBL 5 - (Recap) - 5/21/2021
  • NEXT MEETING: May 24, 2021
  • PROJECTED STARTERS: Bobrovsky (1-1 .898 / 3.51 0SO) vs Vasilevskiy (2-1 .908/ 3.56 0SO)
  • PLAYER STATS: Florida / Tampa Bay

Scouting Report

The first ever Sunshine Showdown series between the Florida Panthers and the Tampa Bay Lighting has been electric. Thursday night the in-state rivals put on another thrilling performance as the Panthers outscored the Lightning 6-5 to cut Tampa Bay’s series lead in half. Hockey fans should have been thrilled for the Panthers to get the victory as it means we will likely be treated to more entertaining hockey games as the series extends. The Panthers got off to a two-goal lead early in the first period but quickly fell behind after a disastrous second period in which they surrendered five goals to the Lightning.

Florida would find themselves down two goals heading into the third period but were able to complete the comeback to force overtime thanks to goals by Patric Hornqvist and Gustav Forsling. Ryan Lomberg was the unlikely hero for the Panthers as he used his speed to get behind Victor Hedman and lift the game winner over Andrei Vasilevskiy’s glove for the overtime game winner. What we can take away from this one is the Panthers are not going to go away easily. Look for the Panthers to ride this momentum into Saturday and even up the series at two games apiece. The Panthers had an incredible 47 shots on goal on Thursday night, which was sixteen more than the Lightning. Sergei Bobrovsky came into the game to start the third period and stopped all nine shots he faced. Look for the Panthers to go back to Bobrovsky to help them get the win on Saturday.

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

  • Game 4: Pittsburgh at New York Islanders 3 p.m. NBC (Penguins lead 2-1)
  • Game 2: Montreal at Toronto 7 p.m. CNBC (Canadiens lead 1-0)
  • Game 4: Vegas at Minnesota 8 p.m. NBC (Golden Knights lead 2-1)

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