Goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy earned a shutout as his Tampa Bay Lightning defeated the Florida Panthers 4-0 on Wednesday, taking home the first round series in Game Six.
The Panthers outshot the defending champs 29-24 in the contest, but were unable to solve the netminder.
Pat Maroon opened the scoring just over six minutes into the first period, while Steven Stamkos, Brayden Point, and Alex Killorn had the other markers in the victory.
Tampa went one for three on the power play, while the Panthers couldn’t convert on two chances.
Spencer Knight made 20 saves for the second-seeded Florida squad. The Panthers haven’t won a post-season series since 1996, back when they advanced to the Stanley Cup Final only to get swept by the Colorado Avalanche.
It was the second series start for Knight. The 20-year-old had the victory in Game Five, turning aside 36 of 37 Tampa shots to give the Panthers a fighting chance.
But Vasilevskiy won the duel. He faced a higher volume of shots and grabbed critical wins, going 4-2 to close out the series.
The Lightning will go on to face the winner of the Carolina-Nashville series, which heads into Game Six on Thursday with the Hurricanes ahead 3-2.
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