The Lightning took a cold shower at home on the night of Monday to Tuesday (4-1) and will have to put on a boost to hope to continue defending his crown. Leading 1-0 halfway through the game, Tampa Bay suffered the awakening of the Panthers who scored four goals by MacKenzie Weegar, Mason Marchment, Patric Hornqvist and Frank Vatrano. Their goalie, rookie Spencer Knight, also contributed to this success with 36 saves.
Las Vegas also had the opportunity to qualify on its ice rink, but fell (4-2) against Minnesota who glued to 3 wins to 2 in their series in the West Division. The Golden Knights led twice in the score, but the Wild reacted very quickly each time and took the lead by Jordan Greenway in the second half. Pressed throughout the last period, he withstood the opposing assaults and added a 4th goal in the empty cages when Las Vegas added a 6th fielder.
Pittsburgh again led, Winnipeg qualified
In the East Division, the Islanders returned to Pittsburgh, three wins to two, winning after two overtime (3-2). Josh Bailey delivered NY after 51 seconds in the second overtime, taking advantage of a hazardous pass from the opposing goalkeeper, Tristan Jarry, to punish him afterwards. In the other cages, New York goalkeeper Ilya Sorokin made 48 saves.
In the North Division, Toronto won a second straight victory (2-1) over Montreal, thanks to William Nylander, who scored his third goal in as many games, and Morgan Rielly. Nick Suzuki meanwhile had equalized in the second half of this close, closed game.
Also in Canada, Winnipeg advanced to the next round with a 4-3 victory over Edmonton after three overtime. The Jets will have made short work of the Oilers, which they crushed 4-0 in their series.