Florida Panthers up 3-0, on the brink of winning their first Stanley Cup

June 14, 2024
Following in the Celtics’ footsteps, the Florida Panthers (up 3-0) need just one more win to clinch their first-ever championship and the first Stanley Cup sweep since 1998.
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Florida Panthers up 3-0, on the brink of winning their first Stanley Cup
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The GIST: Following in the Celtics’ footsteps, the Florida Panthers (up 3-0) need just one more win to clinch their first-ever championship and the first Stanley Cup sweep since 1998, aka when Semisonic released this timely banger.

Panthers hang on for 4–3 Game 3 win: A wise person once said that jetlag is a choice, and the Panthers showed no sign of fatigue last night, taking full control of the series with a feisty road victory. Florida scored thrice in the second period while brick wall goalie Sergei Bobrovsky’s 32 saves put the Cats one win away from hockey immortality. Feline good.

Edmonton Oilers need an offensive spark: The Oilers outshot the Panthers 35 to 23 last night and almost came back in the third period, but Edmonton simply hasn’t been able to get over the hump. Part of the reason why? Captain Connor McDavid isn’t performing like the Hart Trophy winner he’s known to be.

  • Superstar McDavid has yet to score in the Final (although he has notched plenty of assists), but the Oils desperately need him to light the lamp if they intend to complete the comeback in hopes of ending Canada’s 31-year Stanley Cup drought. It’s not over ’til it’s over.