In Game 2, he scored a goal in the second period to go ahead 4-2. And when the Flames scored two third-period goals to tie the game, Perry stepped up again to set up a game-winner with a beautiful pass to a cutting Jamie Oleksiak to secure a win and even the series. Perry was also the unsung hero on Denis Gurianov’s series-clinching overtime winner against the Vegas Golden Knights, providing a screen in front of Robin Lehner.
After yesterday’s loss to the Dallas Stars, the Tampa Bay Lightning are officially eliminated from the first place race in the Central Division and will face the Florida Panthers in the first round of Stanley Cup Playoffs. Despite an almost 30-year long history of playing in the same division, these team have never previously met in the postseason.
Curtis McElhinney finished with 26 saves. We didn’t play very well," Lightning coach Jon Cooper said after Tampa Bay allowed five goals in a game for the first time since April 17. We didn’t execute, we didn’t defend well and we didn’t play hard in the way we normally do."