Intensity From The Outset In Sunshine State Playoff Series
AP -- The first-ever playoff game between the Tampa Bay Lightning and Florida Panthers could be tough to top. Or perhaps it's just a taste of what's to come in their opening-round Sunshine State series. The defending champion Lightning take a 1-0 lead into Game 2 Tuesday night in Sunrise, Florida.
The intrastate foes had never faced off in the playoffs until Sunday, when the Lightning won a physical, dramatic thriller, 5-4. Also trying to rally from 1-0 deficits at home Tuesday will be the Pittsburgh Penguins against the New York Islanders, and the Vegas Golden Knights against the Minnesota Wild.