Stormy summer coming as Panthers get blanked 2-0 by Lightning

The Florida Panthers 2021-22 season came to a frustrating close as the ice-cold club fell to the Tampa Bay Lightning 2-0 at Amalie Arena.

Despite playing their best game of the series, and perhaps of the playoffs, the Cats just couldn’t find the back of the net. They peppered Andrei Vasilevskiy with 49 shots, but none went in.

Vasilevskiy blanked the Panthers over the last five periods of the series. An ignominious end for the NHL’s best regular season offense, one that racked up a franchise record 337 goals in 82 games.

A perfect summation of the series came around eight minutes into the second period, when Carter Verhaeghe snapped a wrist shot by Vasilveskiy that caught the left post, rode the cross bar, and then clanked off the right post. Snake-bitten? You betcha ya!

After having two goals correctly waved off in the middle frame, the Lightning scored the decisive goal 6:16 into the third. Zach Bogosian made a nice play to hold the puck in at the blue line, after Joe Thornton failed to clear, and sent a soft shot towards the net that bounced off Sergei Bobrovsky chest and went high in the air. Pat Maroon was able to deflect the puck down to the ice and it went in off a befuddled Bobrovsky’s right skate.

That was the difference. The Panthers couldn’t score and the Bolts come up with a flukey goal after a Cats skater…

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