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Lightning strike first against Panthers, win 4-1

Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman c(27) interferes with Florida Panthers center Noel Acciari (55)...
Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman c(27) interferes with Florida Panthers center Noel Acciari (55) during the third period of Game 1 of an NHL hockey second-round playoff series Tuesday, May 17, 2022, in Sunrise, Fla. (AP Photo/Reinhold Matay)(AP)
Published: May. 17, 2022 at 10:18 PM EDT
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Pierre-Edouard Bellemare scored the go-ahead goal early in the third period, Andrei Vasilevskiy remained red-hot with 34 saves and the Tampa Bay Lightning topped the Florida Panthers 4-1 on Tuesday night in Game 1 of an Eastern Conference semifinal series.

Nikita Kucherov and Corey Perry each had a goal and an assist and Ross Colton also scored for the two-time defending Stanley Cup champions.

The Lightning took Game 1 against their in-state rivals for the second consecutive season.

Anthony Duclair had the goal for Florida.

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