Top-seeded Florida Panthers’ season ends after sweep by Tampa Bay Lightning

Top-seeded Florida Panthers’ season ends after sweep by Tampa Bay Lightning

The Florida Panthers have been swept out of the NHL postseason, falling 2-0 to host the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 4 of their second-round Stanley Cup playoff series on Monday. Florida was the NHL’s top-seeded team entering the playoffs, having earned the franchise’s first Presidents’ Trophy title on the strength of a 122-point campaign. … Read more

Panthers lose Game 2 on key mistake

SUNRISE, Fla. – The Florida Panthers might have a long summer to think about the final 15 seconds of their 2-1 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Second Round at FLA Live Arena on Thursday. The mistakes that ended with Ross Colton scoring the game-winning goal with 3.8 … Read more

NHL playoff predictions 2022: Second-round winners, Stanley Cup champion, MVP and more

The second round of the NHL Stanley Cup playoffs is here, with the Tampa Bay Lightning – Florida Panthers and St. Louis Blues – Colorado Avalanche series opening Tuesday, and the New York Rangers – Carolina Hurricanes and Edmonton Oilers – Calgary Flames series opening Wednesday. What do we expect to happen when the games … Read more

2022 Stanley Cup playoffs – X factors, predictions for Bruins-Hurricanes, Lightning-Maple Leafs, Kings-Oilers

While the first round of the 2022 Stanley Cup playoffs has included a few too many blowouts for our liking, it has also provided at least three Game 7s, the ultimate “tension convention.” According to ESPN Stats & Information, Saturday will be the first time since Apr. 30, 2014, that there will be three Game … Read more

3 Keys: Maple Leafs at Lightning, Game 6 of Eastern First Round

(2A) Maple Leafs at (3A) Lightning 7:30 pm ET; TBS, CBC, SN, TVAS, BSSUN Maple Leafs lead best-of-7 series 3-2 The Tampa Bay Lightning seek to avoid elimination from the Stanley Cup Playoffs when they host the Toronto Maple Leafs in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference First Round at Amalie Arena on Thursday. The … Read more

Auston Matthews caps rally with ‘pretty special’ goal as Toronto Maple Leafs regain series lead

Auston Matthews knows when to seize a moment. The Maple Leafs’ star forward, and the NHL’s leading goal scorer in the regular season, hadn’t scored since Game 1 of Toronto’s first-round Stanley Cup playoff series against Tampa Bay. When Matthews lit the lamp again, it was to tally the game-winner in Tuesday’s Game 5, capping … Read more

NHL picks, bets today: Latest lines for Canes at Bruins, Leafs at Lightning and more

Home ice shifts in the 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs on Friday with four Game 3s on the slate. The Carolina Hurricanes look to take a 3-0 series lead when they travel to Boston to take the Bruins. The other three series are tied at 1-1 after the losing teams on Monday each scored a decisive … Read more

President Joe Biden honors Tampa Bay Lightning at the White House for winning past 2 Stanley Cups

WASHINGTON – President Joe Biden joked that Steven Stamkos was getting old after playing in the NHL for 14 seasons, praised the Tampa Bay Lightning’s vaccine efforts and otherwise avoided politics while honoring the team for winning the Stanley Cup in each of the past two seasons. In a rare sports break amid his administration’s … Read more

NHL playoff watch standings update

7:00 AM ET Tim Close Tim Kavanagh is a senior NHL editor for ESPN. He’s a native of upstate New York. Connor McDavid and Nathan MacKinnon are two of the best hockey players in the world. Neither has come close to winning the Stanley Cup yet, but if things break a certain way this … Read more