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Tampa Bay tops Carolina 2-1 to take 2-0 series lead

The reigning Stanley Cup champions will host the Central Division champions in Tampa for Game 3
Credit: AP
Carolina Hurricanes' Jaccob Slavin (74) checks Tampa Bay Lightning's Alex Killorn (17) off the puck during the second period of Game 2 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup second-round playoff series in Raleigh, N.C., Tuesday, June 1, 2021. (AP Photo/Karl B DeBlaker)

RALEIGH, N.C. — Alex Killorn and Anthony Cirelli scored while Andrei Vasilevskiy was strong in the net once again, helping the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Carolina Hurricanes 2-1 for a 2-0 lead in their second-round playoff series. 

Vasilevskiy finished with 31 saves. Andrei Svechnikov scored Carolina's only goal. 

The Lightning won the first two games on the road to open their first-round series at Florida. 

Now the reigning Stanley Cup champions are up 2-0 on the Central Division champions entering Game 3 at Tampa Bay.

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