Panthers Win Stanley Cup

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Well, hell hath frozen over and P.J. finally won the cup. His team knocked off Chris’s Oilers in six games, and what a Game 6 it was!

The Panthers scored first in the opening frame off a Nathan MacKinnon shot to take a 1-0 lead into the first intermission. The Oilers would answer threefold in the second with goals from Hall, Palmqvist and Teravainen, and it would appear the Panthers home woes would do them in once again. Edmonton just needed to win twenty more minutes to force a Game 7 back in Edmonton.

The Panthers however would summon the ghost of Scott Mellanby and gnaw their way back into the game. MacKinnon would score his second goal of the game midway through the third to cut into the Oiler lead. With the clock ticking past 3 minutes left in the game, Jake Virtanen would knot the game at 3-3 as the home crowd erupted.

Thirteen minutes would tick by in the first overtime when Virtanen would thrust himself into Panther lore, as he would score off Evgeni Malkin’s fourth assist of the game to complete the comeback and win the Stanley Cup.

With 19 goals and 34 points over 26 games (an OSHL playoff record), Nathan MacKinnon has been awarded the Conn Smythe trophy.

Congrats to PJ and Chris on a great season.

It’s a Series!

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The Florida Panthers home woes have continued into the fourth round. The Edmonton Oilers came into South Beach and stole home ice back after winning Games 3 & 4. With the road team winning all four games in this series so far, home ice may not be such a great commodity right now.

In Game 3, the Oilers overcame a hat trick by Florida defenseman Samuel Morin, which coincidentally were his first three goal of the playoffs. Taylor Hall came to the rescue with the game winning goal in the third period to give the Oilers their first win of the series.

In Game 4, it was Taylor Hall again as the superstar collected three assists en route to a 6-2 smackdown that sends the series back to Edmonton tied at two games a piece.

Road Warriors, Cats up 2-0

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The Florida Panthers are now 9-3 on the road these playoffs after taking Games 1 and 2 from the Oilers in Edmonton. Home Ice will now shift to Florida but that may not be bad news for the Oilers. The Panthers are just 5-5 at home this postseason so this series is far from over.

Edmonton however will need to drill up some better defense and goaltending if they want to be champions. Oscar Dansk was pulled from the first two games in this series, surrendering 11 goals to the high powered Florida offense. Dansk hasn’t gotten much help though as the Oiler defense has allowed 71 shots on goal through six periods.

For the Panthers, they need to keep feeding Nathan MacKinnon the puck. The human dynamo has 25 points through 23 games including two goals in Game 2. It doesn’t hurt that he’s been paired up with Geno Malkin who has 23 points of his own.

Panthers v Oilers

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The Season 10 Finals match-up is now set. The Florida Panthers will travel to Edmonton to face the Oilers in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals.

The Oilers will make their first ever trip to the finals after defeating the Columbus Blue Jackets by a score of 5-2, upsetting the #1 seed and winning their third consecutive Game 7.

Edmonton got two goals and an assist from Tuevo Teravainen as they jumped out to a 5 goal lead. Columbus would score twice in the third but it was too little, too late as the #3 seed in the West will host the #5 seed from the East tomorrow night in Games 1 and 2.

Hall’s Oilers and MacKinnon’s Panthers will do battle to see which team can capture their first Stanley Cup, as we will crown a new champion this year.

Panthers Advance to First Finals

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The Florida Panthers have eliminated the Montreal Canadiens in six games to advance to their first ever OSHL finals. The Panthers won a pair of one-goal games to close out the razor tight series. After a couple of blowouts in Games 1 and 2, the two teams clamped down as it became a tight checking series, with the final four games being one goal affairs.

The Edmonton Oilers meanwhile will be playing in their third straight Game 7. This will be Columbus’ second straight Game 7, so both teams should have a good idea of what to expect tomorrow night. If Edmonton wins, it will be their first Finals appearance, and if Columbus wins, it will be their second appearance in three years.