Game 2 of the second-round series between the Florida Panthers at the Toronto Maple Leafs was another intense forechecking affair that led to a win by the Panthers in regulation time. The Panthers now have a 2-0 series lead versus the Maple Leafs.
Florida seemed to have used the Leafs’ strategy against them in a way by showing tremendous patience on their end in the first period of the game. Then, they came out strong in the next two periods by scoring a pair of goals in the second period and shutting down Toronto’s offense in the third period of action between the two teams.
The Toronto Maple Leafs did their best to take control of the action, with countless opportunities in front and around the net but came up short in another heartbreaking contest played to Florida’s advantage.
How will the Maple Leafs penetrate the Panthers’ gameplay?
The Maple Leafs have some reflection to do and must figure out how they will solve the Panthers’ goaltender, Sergei Bobrovsky, in what has been a dominating show by the netminder. He has only allowed four goals in the past two contests, giving his team the edge to close out games.
The Panthers are just cruising at this point without the pressure on them and now are looking to take a stranglehold and possibly close out the series in the next two games at home in Sunrise, Florida.
This series has everything you can ask for and all the ingredients of a fine matchup. For the Florida Panthers, this will be their biggest game and test yet, and for the Leafs, Game 3 will be their make-or-break type of game that needs to go in their favor if they wish to continue playing in June.
As entertaining as this series has been, for the most part, Toronto’s offense is clicking. Unfortunately, they are not scoring the goals needed to combat Florida’s offense, and even penetrate their respective defensive efforts.
All in all, it’s hard to know who will take control in the rest of the series.