5 Takeaways from Lightning vs. Panthers Game 2

May 19, 2022; Sunrise, Florida, USA; Tampa Bay Lightning center Ross Colton (79) celebrates after scoring the winning goal during the third period against the Florida Panthers in game two of the second round of the 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs at FLA Live Arena. Mandatory Credit: Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports
May 19, 2022; Sunrise, Florida, USA; Tampa Bay Lightning center Ross Colton (79) celebrates after scoring the winning goal during the third period against the Florida Panthers in game two of the second round of the 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs at FLA Live Arena. Mandatory Credit: Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports /
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May 17, 2022; Sunrise, Florida, USA; Tampa Bay Lightning right wing Nikita Kucherov (86) celebrates with teammates after scoring during the third period against the Florida Panthers in game one of the second round of the 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs at FLA Live Arena. Mandatory Credit: Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports
May 17, 2022; Sunrise, Florida, USA; Tampa Bay Lightning right wing Nikita Kucherov (86) celebrates with teammates after scoring during the third period against the Florida Panthers in game one of the second round of the 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs at FLA Live Arena. Mandatory Credit: Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports /

4. Corey Perry’s insertion into the top power play unit has been seamless

One consideration of Brayden Point missing the start of this series due to injury was going to be how the Lightning would fill his bumper position role and production on the power play.

So far Corey Perry has been up to the task, and he came through in a big way tonight with the opening goal of the game. Steven Stamkos found Perry’s stick for a redirect into the net on a play that looked like the first-year Bolt, and top power play fill-in, was anything but.

After converting 40% of their power play opportunities in last season’s series against the Panthers, the Lightning have picked up right where they left off with a 44.44% conversion rate with four goals on nine power play opportunities through two games this series. With a power play goal in each game thus far, Perry is doing his job of picking up any lost power play scoring from Point being out of the lineup.