The Tampa Bay Lightning did not appear to be all that interested in getting home ice advantage in the playoffs from the Florida Panthers at the end of the regular season. But going into Game 2 on Tuesday, the Lightning has it anyway.
Tampa Bay now controls home ice in the best-of-7 first-round series by virtue of its 5-4 win over the Panthers on Sunday night.
Florida can get it back, of course, and a win Tuesday would be a good start.
Following the game, captain Sasha Barkov said his team had already moved past the loss although that’s a sentiment easier said than actually done.
The Panthers truly have to get over the opening night loss to the Lightning if they want to move on to the next round.
It’s not going to be easy. Everyone knew that coming in.