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PANTHERS AND LIGHTNING ALREADY IN PLAYOFF MODE AHEAD OF THEIR FIRST ROUND SERIES

MAY 8, 2021  (23H18)      COOPER GODIN
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It will be the Battle of Florida in the first round of the playoffs for the first time in the history of either franchise. The news of the series was confirmed on Friday evening when the Carolina Hurricanes clinched the Discover Central division title.

Starting on Saturday, both the Panthers and Lightning will embark on at least six games in a row against each other, with the possibility for nine as the two teams close out the regular season with a pair of games in South Florida.

Saturday's tilt showed that we could be in for a long, feisty series. The Panthers won the game by a score of 5 to 1, with Alexander Wennberg scoring a hat trick. But it was the rough stuff that took center stage. According to the NHL's official score sheet Tampa Bay and Florida combined for a total of 156 penalty minutes (Elliotte Friedman has an incorrect number in his tweet below).



About half-way through the second period, Tampa Bay's Luke Schenn dropped the gloves with Florida's Ryan Lomberg.



The third period is where all hell broke loose. A handful of roughing penalties were called, as well as nine ten-minute misconducts. Florida's MacKenzie Weegar has been fined $ 5,000, the maximum allowable under the CBA, for High-sticking Tampa Bay's Mathieu Joseph. Brandon Montour has been fined $ 5,000 for spearing Tampa Bay's Pat Maroon. Meanwhile, Maroon is awaiting word on a possible suspension for attacking Montour after the whistle.

Florida and Tampa Bay will battle again on Monday night to close out the regular season before they face each other in round one of the 2021 Stanley Cup playoffs.
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NHL STATS
PLAYOFFS
2020-2021GPGAPTS
NIKITA KUCHEROV
1451823
NATHAN MACKINNON
108715
DAVID PASTRNAK
117815
BRAYDEN POINT
1411415
VICTOR HEDMAN
1411314
STEVEN STAMKOS
145914
MIKKO RANTANEN
105813
GABRIEL LANDESKOG
104913
ALEXANDER KILLORN
146713
JEAN-GABRIEL PAGEAU
1531013
WILLIAM KARLSSON
164913
BRAD MARCHAND
118412
CHARLIE MCAVOY
1111112
TYLER TOFFOLI
145712
JOSH BAILEY
155712
SEBASTIAN AHO
116511
BROCK NELSON
157411
MATHEW BARZAL
155611
ANTHONY BEAUVILLIER
154711
ALEX PIETRANGELO
+1
164711
  COMPLETE STATS
NHL STATS
YESTERDAY
JUNE 18, 2021 G A PTS
JOSH ANDERSON
2 - 2
COLE CAUFIELD
1 - 1
ALEX PIETRANGELO
1 - 1
NICOLAS ROY
1 - 1
PAUL BYRON
- 1 1
JESPERI KOTKANIEMI
- 1 1
TOMAS NOSEK
- 1 1
MAX PACIORETTY
- 1 1
NICK SUZUKI
- 1 1
JOEL ARMIA
- - -
  COMPLETE RESULTS