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Tampa Bay Lightning struck in the nick of time.
The two-time reigning champions stunned the Florida Panthers with a 2-1 victory in Thursday’s Game 2 of their Eastern Conference second-round playoff series. Ross Colton scored with less than four seconds remaining in a game that seemed destined for overtime and gave his side a 2-0 lead in the series.
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Social media immediately took note of Colton’s “legend” moment:
Thanks to Colton’s late magic, the Lightning stole each of the first two contests on the Panthers’ home ice and are in full control of the series.
Corey Perry started the scoring for the victors with a power-play goal in the first period, although Florida seized momentum back when Eetu Luostarinen buried the equalizer in the back of the net in the second period.
Impressive goaltending by Sergei Bobrovsky and Andrei Vasilevskiy kept the game even from there, but Colton had no use for overtime with a moment that will go down in history for the Lightning if they parlay it into a third straight Stanley Cup title.
They will look to keep their momentum when the series shifts to Tampa Bay for Sunday’s Game 3.