NHL recap: Defending champion Lightning advances in Spherical 2

Andrei Vasilevskiy made 29 saves and the Tampa Bay Lightning eliminated the visiting Florida Panthers with a 4-0 win in Game 6 of their playoff series of the first round of the Stanley Cup on Wednesday night.

For Vasilevskiy it was the second shutout in 59 postseason starts. The other came on September 28 in a 2-0 win over the Dallas Stars in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final.

Steven Stamkos had a goal and an assist, and Pat Maroon, Brayden Point and Alex Killorn also scored goals for the Lightning, who seek to become the first team to win consecutive Stanley Cup titles since the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2016 and 2017 wins.

Next, lightning strikes the winner of the first round between the Carolina Hurricanes and Nashville Predators.

Islanders 5, penguins 3

Brock Nelson and Ryan Pulock scored the winning goals 13 seconds apart in the second half when New York beat Pittsburgh with a win in Game 6 of an Eastern Conference quarterfinal series in Uniondale, NY

The Islanders, who finished fourth in the East Division, compete in the semifinals against the third-occupied Boston Bruins.

Nelson scored twice with an assist and Anthony Beauvillier and Kyle Palmieri also scored when the Islanders ended a streak on home ice for the first time since beating the Washington Capitals in Game 6 of the Patrick Division semifinals on April 28, 1993.

Wild 3, Golden Knights 0

Kevin Fiala had one goal and one assist, and Cam Talbot scored 23 saves for his sixth career playoff shutout when Minnesota played Game 7 in its West Division playoff series in the first round with a win over Vegas in St. Paul, Minn , forced.

Ryan Hartman and Nick Bjugstad also scored goals and Jared Spurgeon added two assists for Minnesota, who caught up with their second straight win after falling 3-1 in the best-of-seven series. Game 7 is Friday night in Las Vegas. The winner will meet Colorado, the first seed, in the second round.

Marc-Andre Fleury finished with 21 parades for the Golden Knights.

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