LAS VEGAS — As the Florida Panthers made their eight-seeded run to the Stanley Cup Final, the three prime factors were Sergei Bobrovsky’s goaltending, Matthew Tkachuk’s dramatic scoring and healthy special-teams play.
All three were missing in the desert again in Game 2 of the Final as Vegas routed the Panthers, 7-2, Monday night to take a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven series.
Bobrovsky was replaced in the second period, Vegas is feasting on power plays and, while Tkachuk did score Monday, it was in a 6-1 game with no celebration.
Tkachuk’s presence was felt more by a resounding and legal check...
LAS VEGAS — The Stanley Cup Final started with lasers and fireworks, decibel-deafening music and boom-boom sound effects, all in a technologically entertaining pre-game package off the Vegas Strip right down to Michael Buffer’s “Let’s get ready to rumble” throwback cheer.
And then the show started.
And they did rumble, and tumble, all the way until the Vegas Golden Knights took over a tie game in the third period Saturday night for a 5-2 win in Game 1 of the best-of-seven series.
It was physical, sometimes breathtakingly brutal, start to the Final as each team tried to mark its territory in...
By STEPHEN HAWKINS (AP Sports Writer)
DALLAS (AP) — William Karlsson scored two goals and had an assist as the Vegas Golden Knights advanced to their second Stanley Cup Final with a 6-0 rout Monday night over the Dallas Stars, who had extended the Western Conference Final to six games after losing the first three.
William Carrier, Keegan Kolesar and Michael Amadio each had a goal and an assist for the Knights, and Jonathan Marchessault had a goal. Carrier, Marschessault and Karlsson were all part of the inaugural 2017-18 Knights season that ended in their Cup Final.
Adin Hill stopped 23 shots...
SUNRISE — The Panthers barely reached the postseason, clinching their playoff berth two days before their regular-season finale. The snuck into the bracket as the No. 8 seed and were the heavy underdog against the record-setting Boston Bruins in the first round.
Florida shook off all those low expectations, and now the Panthers are four victories away from raising the Stanley Cup for the first time ever following a 4-3 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes, completing a conference-finals sweep at FLA Live Arena on Wednesday and sending Florida to the Final for the first time since 1996.
SUNRISE — No overtime needed.
After two consecutive overtime wins to start the Eastern Conference finals, the eighth-seeded Panthers beat the Carolina Hurricanes 1-0 in Game 3 at FLA Live Arena on Monday night, putting Florida on the verge of clinching the franchise’s second-ever trip to the Stanley Cup Final.
Winger Sam Reinhart scored the game’s deciding goal eight seconds into a second-period power play, scoring from point-blank range past Carolina goalie Frederik Andersen with 9:55 remaining in the period.
However, the victory was dampened by an injury to star center Aleksander Barkov, who...
RALEIGH, N.C. — Matthew Tkachuk beat Frederik Andersen in the final seconds of the fourth overtime to give the Florida Panthers a 3-2 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes early Friday in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference final.
Tkachuk took a feed from Sam Bennett after Florida won a battle for the puck as Carolina tried to clear the puck, then whipped a shot from the right circle past Andersen with 12.7 seconds left.
That sent Tkachuk racing toward center ice to celebrate with teammates in what turned into the longest game in either franchises’ history, as well as the sixth-longest game in NHL...
SUNRISE — For the first time ever, FLA Live Arena will host the Eastern Conference finals.
If everything goes right, South Florida hockey fans will get the chance to see the Panthers clinch their second-ever trip to the Stanley Cup finals on home ice.
The NHL released the schedule for the Eastern Conference Finals on Monday night, and the Panthers will host Games 3 and 4. They will also host Game 6, if it is needed.
Florida’s first two clinching wins in the postseason have both come on the road, first in Boston and then Toronto.
None of the Panthers’ games conflict with the Heat’s schedule....
When Matthew Tkachuk’s shot slid free behind Toronto goalie Joseph Woll midway through the third period and Sam Reinhart shoved it in the net, the question if it would be the start of another Florida Panthers’ comeback that’s defined their playoff path.
Not this game. Not this night. Not against a Toronto team that survived with a 2-1 win Wednesday night to get the series back to Canada for Friday’s Game 5. It’s still the Panthers series, up 3-1. And the fact only four NHL teams have ever rallied from an 0-3 deficit remains relevant.
There’s a crack of hope for Toronto, though. The Panthers,...