NHL Playoffs: Lightning eliminate Canes, Knights edge Avs, and more

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Jun 8, 2021; Raleigh, North Carolina, USA; Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy (88) stops Carolina Hurricanes right wing Andrei Svechnikov (37) shot in game five of the second round of the 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs at PNC Arena. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports

Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy closed another playoff series with a shutout, making 29 saves and blanking the Carolina Hurricanes 2-0 in Game 5 of their second-round matchup on Tuesday night in Raleigh, N.C.

Brayden Point and Ross Colton scored for the Lightning, who won the final two games of the best-of-seven series.

Lightning advance; wait for either Islanders or Bruins

The defending champions have reached the Stanley Cup semifinals, winning eight of their 11 postseason games this year.

The Lightning’s next opponent will be either the New York Islanders or the Boston Bruins. The Islanders lead their best-of-seven, second-round series 3-2.

So what’s next for free agent head coach Rod Brind’Amour? We should find out shortly.

“Right now, the No. 1 takeaway is we have to get a little better,” Hurricanes coach Rod Brind’Amour said. “Our talent is close, but we got beat in the talent area. In the big areas — the power plays, PKs — that’s the areas where we have to get better. … We were good all year, but when you get up against the best, that’s a great comparison, right? To see, ‘OK, well, that’s how it’s done.'”

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Mark Stone wins it for Knights in OT

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Jun 8, 2021; Denver, Colorado, USA; Vegas Golden Knights right wing Mark Stone (61) celebrates his game winning goal with left wing Max Pacioretty (67) in overtime against the Colorado Avalanche in game five of the second round of the 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Ball Arena. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

Mark Stone scored 50 seconds into overtime, and the Vegas Golden Knights beat the Colorado Avalanche 3-2 in overtime of Game 5 of their West Division second-round series in Denver on Tuesday night.

“I had a couple big shot blocks right before that,” Stone said. “Sometimes when the D-man shoots it like that, they get flat-footed. Just took off, fortunate to end the game.”

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Alex Tuch and Jonathan Marchessault also scored and Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 28 shots for the Golden Knights, who lead the series 3-2 following their third consecutive victory.

Game 6 is Thursday night in Las Vegas.

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