Steven Stamkos and Alex Killorn each had two goals and an assist, Brayden Point extended his goal streak to eight games (second-longest in NHL postseason history), and Nikita Kucherov had three helpers for the Bolts.
Andrei Vasilevskiy made 21 saves to post his third shoutout of the playoffs. The Lightning have not lost consecutive postseason games since the 2019 Eastern Conference First Round, the longest such run in NHL history (13-0).
Semyon Varlamov started the game and allowed three goals on 16 shots before being yanked at 15:27 of the first period. Ilya Sorokin came on and stopped 21 shots in relief.
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Watership done: Swamp Rabbits eliminated by Stingrays
The Florida Panthers ECHL affiliate, the Greenville Swamp Rabbits were bounced from the Kelly Cup playoffs after dropping a 2-1 decision in Game 4 to the South Carolina Stingrays in North Charleston.
Unsigned Panthers draft pick Ben Finkelstein scored the only Greenville goal at 4:37 of the the third period, 35 seconds after Max Novak’s eventual series-winner. Finkelstein registered four shots on goal and posted a +1 rating.
Ryan Bednard backed up John Lethemon last night. Bednard finished the postseason with a 2-3 record, 2.44 GAA, .929 save percentage and one shutout.
Alec Rauhauser and Greg Meireles each registered two shots on goal and finished the game with a -1 rating.
RIP Tom Kurvers
Former NHL defenseman Tom Kurvers, who won a Stanley Cup with the Montreal Canadiens in 1986, passed away Monday morning following a battle with lung cancer. Kurvers had been an assistant general manager with the Minnesota Wild since 2018. Stick taps from the LBC community, Tom. Rest in peace.