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the Tampa Bay Lightning stunned the Florida Panthers in the closing seconds of the Eastern Conference Semifinals Game 2 match on Thursday night.
The game was leveled in the closing seconds and Tampa Bay was scrambling to take control of the puck in the Panthers’ zone. Nikita Kucherov took control of it from behind Florida goalkeeper Sergei Bobrovsky and passed it back to Ross Colton, who was wide open in front of the net.
Colton fired the puck over the side of Bobrovsky’s stick and scored the match winner with about 4 seconds left.
The Lightning would hold out for the 2-1 win and rise again 2-0 in series.
Colton’s goal has left NHL fans in shock.
It was Colton’s fifth goal in the playoffs. Kucherov collected his eighth assist and Ondrej Palat was credited with his third playoff assist.
Corey Perry scored the first goal of the match after taking a puck to the eye in the pre-match warm-up. He was skating before the puck fell without a helmet and when he fired a puck into the net, he bounced off the crossbar and pinned Perry over the eye.
Regardless, Perry would play and start the match on the right foot.
Florid equalized the game in the second period thanks to Eetu Luostarinen. It was his first goal in the playoffs. But the struggles of the Panthers remain evident.
Florida have had four scoring chances in power-play and have failed to score on any of them. The Presidents’ Trophy winner is 0 of 22 in the power games playoffs.
Tampa Bay was 1 in 3 with the man advantage.
Lightning-fast goalkeeper Andrei Vasilevskiy made 36 saves in the game. Bobrovsky recorded 25 rescues.
Game 3 between the two teams will be played at the Amalie Arena on Sunday at 1:30 PM ET.