Florida Panthers Sweep Carolina Hurricanes, Advance to Stanley Cup Final
The Florida Panthers continued their miracle run by beating the Carolina Hurricanes 4-3 on a late Matthew Tkachuk goal. They sweep the Eastern Conference Final and head to their second Stanley Cup Final appearance in franchise history.
The Panthers continue to amaze in the playoffs.
Carolina ran out of time
The Hurricanes played possibly their best game of the series in Game 4 and still lost. The series was lost, but Carolina played well throughout the series. They happened to run into the hottest team in the playoffs and should not hang their heads.
The Canes had a great season, and it sadly comes to an end, but they gave it their best shot. Carolina should be back in the playoffs next year because they have a solid foundation and a great head coach in Rod Brind’Amour
Is Florida having the best run ever?
When the Florida Panthers made the huge trade to bring Tkachuk over from the Calgary Flames, many people had their doubts. However, since the trade until now, Tkachuk has proven people wrong and has been playing the best hockey of his career.
Florida has gone through the Boston Bruins, Toronto Maple Leafs, and now the Carolina Hurricanes. These teams have been three of the best teams through the regular season, while the Panthers have flown under the radar.
Whether they win the Stanley Cup or not, this has to be one of the more impressive runs in Stanley Cup playoff history.
The Panthers are not dominant but consistent
Florida did sweep the Canes in the ECF, but sweeps can be misunderstood. Carolina played a good series and had their chances against Florida Panthers goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky.
The Panthers did not have a ton of scoring chances and did not dominate one game in the series. However, they made their shots count and were persistent in their scoring chances. Florida played a patient game and waited for turnovers, then capitalized on their opportunities.
They deserved to win the series, whether it was a sweep or seven-game series, based on the way they played. And to think, they were a wild card team, the eighth seed. The Panthers may not be done, as they head to the SCF and play either the Vegas Golden Knights or Dallas Stars.