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Lightning beat Panthers 2-0, sweep series

High-scoring Panthers limited to just 3 goals in 4 games against Tampa Bay
Tampa Bay Lightning left wing Pat Maroon (14) celebrates after scoring against the Florida...
Tampa Bay Lightning left wing Pat Maroon (14) celebrates after scoring against the Florida Panthers during the third period in Game 4 of an NHL hockey second-round playoff series Monday, May 23, 2022, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)(AP)
Published: May. 23, 2022 at 10:51 PM EDT
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Andrei Vasilevskiy had 49 saves and the Tampa Bay Lightning completed a four-game sweep of the Florida Panthers on Monday night with a 2-0 victory that sends the two-time defending Stanley Cup champions back to the Eastern Conference final for the sixth time in eight years.

Pat Maroon and Ondrej Palat scored, and Vasilevskiy won his sixth straight playoff game, a streak that began with the Lightning facing a 3-2 series deficit to Toronto in the opening round.

The high-scoring Panthers averaged a NHL-best 4.11 goals while compiling the league's best record during the regular season, but were limited to just three goals in four games against the Lightning.

Vasilevskiy got his sixth shutout in his last seven series-clinching wins.

Associated Press 2022