Vasilevskiy, Lightning defeat Hurricanes in Game 2, extend series lead

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RALEIGH, N.C. — Andrei Vasilevskiy made 31 saves, and the Tampa Bay Lightning extended their lead in the Stanley Cup Second Round with a 2-1 win against the Carolina Hurricanes in Game 2 at PNC Arena on Tuesday.

Alex Killorn and Anthony Cirelli scored for the Lightning, the No. 3 seed in the Discover Central Division, who won 2-1 in Game 1 on Sunday.

Andrei Svechnikov scored, and Alex Nedeljkovic made 13 saves for the Hurricanes, the No. 1 seed.

Game 3 is at Tampa Bay on Thursday.

Killorn gave the Lightning a 1-0 lead at 7:09 of the second period. Cirelli set a screen in the slot, and Killorn scored on a low wrist shot from the point.

Cirelli made it 2-0 at 8:06 of the third period. After Hurricanes defenseman Brady Skjei whiffed on his attempt to play Victor Hedman‘s stretch pass, Cirelli gathered the puck and scored with a backhand.

With Nedeljkovic pulled for the extra attacker, Svechnikov scored from the low slot off a pass from behind the net by Jordan Staal to make it 2-1 with 1:30 remaining.

Teams that take a 2-0 lead are 334-51 (.867) winning a best-of-7 Stanley Cup Playoffs series, including 4-0 in the first round. Teams that take a 2-0 lead on the road are 82-20 (.804) winning a best-of-7 NHL playoff series, including 2-0 in the first round.

Hurricanes forwards Vincent Trocheck and Warren Foegele collided just inside the Carolina blue line with a little more than a minute remaining in the second period. Trocheck returned for one shift in the third before leaving the game.

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