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Can I bring the cup to Florida? It seems that there is only one intrigue left in the NHL playoff final

Date: July 18, 2024 Time: 04:27:28

18 years later, the Stanley Cup final returned to Edmonton: in 2006, the Oilers participated for the last time in the decisive series of the NHL season, but then, instead of Florida, the opponent was Carolina. Today the Oilers found themselves in a similar situation to the confrontation with the Hurricanes: the Canadians returned home losing 0:2 after away games. At the same time, Edmonton’s most powerful attack did not score a single goal: the only goal of Chris Knobloch’s team in the first two meetings was scored by defender Mattias Ekholm.

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As in the second game, Knobloch changed the lineup again: Perry and Ceci returned to the lineup, and Derek Ryan also reached the final for the first time, but Evander Kane, Vincent Dearnay and Sam Carrick watched the match today from the stands. . The Panthers came out again unchanged: Alexander Barkov and Vladimir Tarasenko, whose participation in the third meeting was in doubt, were still able to appear on the ice.

The Oilers didn’t immediately remember that they were playing on their own court; At first, the Panthers reacted and even found themselves in the majority, which, however, they handled ineptly. The Oilers had more dangerous moments in these two minutes: Connor Brown could have shot Bobrovsky twice in a few seconds, but first Sergei stopped the Canadian’s shot and then the forward missed from point-blank range.

Soon Edmonton gained a numerical advantage and from that moment on took the initiative: the hosts began to control the puck for a long time in the attacking zone, creating a greater threat and bothering Bobrovsky. The Russian did not falter even once after 13 attempts, but his counterpart was again surpassed at the end of the period. In the “4 on 4” format, for the first time in this series, Florida’s best sniper of this season, Sam Rinehart, spoke: the striker completed the counterattack, which, thanks to excellent defensive actions, was started by Barkov.

You can watch the video on the official NHL website. Video rights belong to NHL Enterprises, LP.

But just two minutes after the break, the score on the scoreboard was level again. Dmitry Kulikov’s mistake led to another 1v0 in this series against Bobrovsky; This time Warren Voegele turned out to be stronger than the Russian goalkeeper.

You can watch the video on the official NHL website. Video rights belong to NHL Enterprises, LP.

At this point, the game calmed down for a while, which seemed to dull the vigilance of the Edmonton players. It is simply impossible to explain otherwise the failure of Skinner and Ceci, who returned to the lineup, at home in the middle of the twenty minutes. Of course, it’s worth praising Eeta Luostarinen for her work on the boards and the well-timed Vladimir Tarasenko putting Florida ahead for the second time, but this goal is entirely on the conscience of the Oilmen duo.

You can watch the video on the official NHL website. Video rights belong to NHL Enterprises, LP.

In the first meeting, Enfermera was also taken alongside Ceci, who today decided to keep up with her ex-partner. One of the league’s most expensive defensemen lost the puck near Skinner’s possession and was instantly punished: Tkachuk and Bennett set up the Panthers’ third goal.

You can watch the video on the official NHL website. Video rights belong to NHL Enterprises, LP.

And a few minutes later, things got really bad for the Oilers. Another exemplary counterattack ended with an accurate shot by Barkov (4:1 at the end of 40 minutes).

Not without luck, Edmonton pulled one goal back: the puck, after a shot by Philip Broberg, went wide, but hit Niko Mikkola, who bounced into the goal.

However, everything was heading towards a quiet victory for the Panthers, but five minutes before the end of regulation time the situation reached the limit: Ryan MacLeod corrected the puck after Brett Kulak’s throw and reduced the Oilers’ gap to a minimum. But even with the goalkeeper eliminated they couldn’t do more: the guests maintained the winning result and made the series end 3-0.

It looks like we can take the cup to Florida: in the history of the NHL playoff finals, there have been 28 cases in which a team won the first three games, and only in one of them did that team miss out on the trophy. It’s hard to imagine what Edmonton needs to do to turn the situation in its favor.

It seems that only one intrigue remains: who will be recognized as the most valuable player of the Stanley Cup? Hardly any of the greasers, all of the greasers’ leaders, were practically useless at the decisive moment. But the Panthers see two obvious candidates: Alexander Barkov and Sergei Bobrovsky. Conn Smythe is likely going to one of them, but first they need to get the last and most important victory.

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Puck Henry
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