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Panthers will play Edmonton Oilers in longest-distance Stanley Cup Final

EDMONTON, Alberta — Connor McDavid had a goal and an assist in the opening period to get Edmonton going, Stuart Skinner stopped 34 shots for his hometown team and the Oilers capped an improbable run to the Stanley Cup Final by beating the Dallas Stars 2-1 on Sunday night. Zach Hyman also scored — like McDavid, on a first-period power play — and Evan Bouchard had two assists for the Oilers, who won the Western Conference in six games and will play for the Cup for the first time since 2006. They’ll be heading to Sunrise for Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final, that series set to open on Saturday night....

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Panthers take down Rangers 2-1, clinch trip to second straight Stanley Cup Final

SUNRISE — Paul Maurice has coached more games than anyone in NHL history without winning a Stanley Cup. He tried and came up just short in the Stanley Cup Final against the Vegas Golden Knights last year. He will get another bite at the apple now. The Panthers beat the Rangers, who were this season’s President’s Trophy winners, 2-1 at Amerant Bank Arena in Sunrise on Saturday, clinching a second straight trip to the championship round. Florida will face the winner of the Dallas-Edmonton Western Conference finals in the final, which begins on June 8. Both New York and Florida had good chances...

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Anton Lundell scores crucial goal for Panthers, putting Florida a game away from Stanley Cup Final

Anton Lundell chose an opportune moment to score his first goal of the conference finals. The 22-year-old forward had been kept out of the net through four games and two periods, but he got his first score of the series with less than 10 minutes left in the third period of Game 5 on Thursday. His goal put the Panthers ahead 2-1 as they picked up a crucial 3-2 victory over the Rangers at Madison Square Garden in New York. “This would have been my wildest dream to ever play in the NHL, to play in the playoffs and the conference finals,” said Lundell on the ESPN broadcast, which referenced a trip...

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Panthers win in third-straight overtime game, evening Eastern Conference finals

SUNRISE —The Panthers will come back to Sunrise this season. Sam Reinhart scored an overtime game-winner in a 3-2 victory over New York in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals at Amerant Bank Arena on Tuesday. The victory evened the series at two games each, setting up a best-of-three series to decide the conference’s representative in the Stanley Cup Final. Vincent Trocheck put New York on the board to start, winning a power-play faceoff before Artemi Panarin fed him the puck in the high slot. Trocheck’s one-timer sailed above Panthers goalie Sergei Bobrovsky’s right shoulder, giving the...

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Dave Hyde: How do you lose a game you dominate? Somehow, Panthers are down 2-1 to Rangers

SUNRISE — Afterward, the Florida Panthers stayed on their bench, waiting and waiting for the New York Rangers winning goal to be ruled official. The Rangers bench had emptied, the players already celebrating in their locker room. The Panthers waited, silent, as if in disbelief at what just happened. How do you lose a game you’ve controlled? How can you fall behind in a series you’ve looked in charge most of the way? They had 108 shot attempts to the Rangers’ 44. They had two power-play goals to none for the Rangers. They controlled play so thoroughly in the third period the Rangers seemed happy...

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Dave Hyde: Florida Panthers show might and muscle to New York in Game 1 win

Well, is there anything more the Florida Panthers could do to introduce their tough and timely brand of postseason hockey to New York? Go silence Times Square? Hip-check the Statue of Liberty? Their 3-0 win over the New York Rangers Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals should come with a trademark for what they do and how they win right down to pressing the Rangers into making a late mistake for an own goal in the final minutes to drop the curtain If anyone didn’t know the Panthers, if they’ve forgotten from last spring, this was them, America. Speed. Skills. And stars? Matthew Tkachuk made...

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Panthers get Bobrovsky shutout, take early lead in Eastern Conference finals with road win over Rangers

The Panthers drew first blood in what is expected to be a tight Eastern Conference final series. Florida star Matthew Tkachuk scored a first-period goal, and that proved to be enough Wednesday night at Madison Square Garden. The Panthers went on to win 3-0 over the Rangers, taking a 1-0 series lead. Tkachuk had a relatively quiet second round against Boston, but he started the conference finals with the Rangers with a bang. The star forward got a pass from defenseman Gustav Forsling and fired it past the Rangers’ star goalie, Igor Shesterkin, for the game’s first goal late in the first period. That...

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Bruins keep their season alive with Game 5 win over Panthers

SUNRISE — The Panthers will have to go back up to Boston, as the Bruins forced a sixth game in their second-round series against Florida. The Bruins snapped their three-game losing streak in the series, keeping their season alive with a 2-1 win over the Panthers in Game 5 at Amerant Bank Arena on Tuesday. Morgan Geekie started the Bruins on the right foot, scoring on a pass to him from Jake DeBrusk directly in front of the Panthers’ net less than five minutes into the game. For the first time this series, the Boston defense appeared to have an answer for Florida’s offense. Meanwhile, the Bruins...

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Dave Hyde: Sam Bennett finds even bigger way to be Boston’s villain in Panthers’ 3-2 win

Growing up, Sam Bennett’s dad encouraged him to play like rugged Toronto Maple Leafs scorer Doug Gilmour. Bennett saw his developing game more like another physical producer, Mike Richards, of the Philadelphia Flyers and the Los Angeles Kings Boston sees him closer to someone else: Satan on skates. Feels good, doesn’t it, to have a South Florida team so good and a player so on the edge that another city boos him every time he touches the puck? Boston did Sunday in Game 4, except for the most important time Bennett touched it in the Florida Panthers’ 3-2 win. It happened too quickly. Bennett...

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Disputed tying goal helps Panthers beat Bruins 3-2 and take 3-1 lead in East semifinal series

By JIMMY GOLEN (AP Sports Writer) BOSTON (AP) — One game after Sam Bennett punched Brad Marchand out of the playoffs, the Panthers forward sent the rest of the Bruins to the brink of elimination with an equally controversial shove to Charlie Coyle’s back. Already drawing boos in the Garden because of a hit on Marchand that the Bruins are calling a sucker punch, Bennett scored the game-tying goal in Game 4 on Sunday night after sending Coyle tumbling into Boston goalie Jeremy Swayman. The goal was upheld by the NHL replay center in Toronto, and Aleksander Barkov scored the game-winner four minutes...

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