The Florida Panthers will be without a key contributor as they look to even their first-round series with the Tampa Bay Lightning after a heartbreaking loss in Game 1.
Bennett's clear and heavy hit from behind on the Lightning agitator came late in the third period. Bennett was flagged with a two-minute minor in the moment, which the Lightning used to kickstart their comeback with the first of two late goals from Brayden Point.
— Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) May 17, 2021
It's possible that this was a retaliatory act, as Coleman had just rocked Panthers captain Aleksander Barkov with a sharp open-ice hit.
This one went unpunished by George Parros and the department of player safety.
Ryan McDonagh gets a two minute minor for boarding Anthony Duclair pic.twitter.com/oT0nvrIrUA
— Shayna (@hayyyshayyy) May 17, 2021
There will certainly be more borderline hits thrown in clearly the nastiest series of the first round based on the early returns.
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