Top-seeded Florida Panthers’ season ends after sweep by Tampa Bay Lightning

The Florida Panthers have been swept out of the NHL postseason, falling 2-0 to Tampa Bay in Game 4 of their second-round Stanley Cup playoff series on Monday.

Florida was the NHL’s top-seeded team entering the playoffs, having earned the franchise’s first-ever Presidents’ Trophy title on the strength of a 122-point campaign. The Panthers are now the first Presidents’ Trophy winners to be swept from a playoff series since the 2019 Lightning were ousted by Columbus in the first round.

Game 4 was a goal-less affair most of the way, until Patrick Maroon tipped a point blast from Zach Bogosian past Sergei Bobrovsky in the third period. Ondrej Palat added an empty-netter in the final minute to seal Florida’s fate.