Killorn, Kucherov pace Lightning's 6-2 rout of Panthers

Tampa Bay takes commanding 3-1 lead in playoff series
Tampa Bay Lightning left wing Alex Killorn scores against Florida Panthers in Game 4 of playoff series, May 22, 2021
Posted at 8:08 PM, May 22, 2021
and last updated 2021-05-22 20:08:00-04

TAMPA, Fla. — Alex Killorn scored a pair of second-period goals and the Tampa Bay Lightning rebounded from its first postseason loss to rout the Florida Panthers 6-2 Saturday and take a commanding 3-1 lead in the first-round Central Division playoff matchup.

The reigning Stanley Cup champions pushed their intrastate rivals to the brink of elimination by scoring three first-period goals, then building their advantage to 5-1 when Killorn beat goalie Sergei Bobrovsky twice in a span of 94 seconds to break the game open.

Nikita Kucherov had a goal and three assists, while Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 39 of 41 shots for the Lightning.