Tampa Bay, Colorado kick off second round NHL playoffs with victory


The outgoing Stanley Cup winner, the Tampa Bay Lightning got off to a good start in their NHL play-off second round series against the Carolina Hurricanes. The Florida franchise went away to win away (2-1) Sunday night with a goal from Barclay Goodrow seven minutes from the end of the game.

The Lightning can also thank its goalkeeper, Russian Andrei Vasilevskiy, author of 37 saves out of the 38 shots suffered. The two franchises will meet again Tuesday evening, still in North Carolina.

The other series launched Sunday night between the two best teams of the regular season, the Colorado Avalanche and the Las Vegas Golden Knights (82 points each), gave birth to a one-sided game in favor of the Avalanche.

The teammates of French Pierre-Edouard Bellemare crushed their hosts from Nevada (7-1) thanks to the duo Nathan McKinnon-Gabriel Landeskog (2 goals, 1 assist each). The Avalanche folded the match at the start of the second half (4-0) to strike a blow in this series. Bellemare spent 12 minutes on the ice and saw two of his shots released by the opposing goalkeeper.

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