Post 3 Complete Overtime and 13 seconds left in the 4th Overtime, Florida Panthers upended Carolina Hurricanes to snatch a lead in the Eastern Conference Finals. The Cats overcame the Canes 3-2 in their road game.
Seth Jarvis initiated the game with a power-play goal when 12 seconds remained onboard. A hammering one-timer assisted by Sebastian Aho shot past Bobrovsky. Panthers, who defeated the mighty Bruins and the Maple Leafs earlier, took time and reclaimed control of the game.
Aleksander Barkov scored off Duclair and Verhaeghe in 15:28 and Carter Verhaeghe scored two minutes later and extended the Panthers’ lead. Jarvis acted again in the third period and put up Stefan Noesen for another PPG. The strategically scored goal knotted the game at 2-2 and eventually lead to the first overtime.
At a point in the first overtime, Florida Panthers almost completed the win. Ryan Lomberg scored a winner in the 3:35 minute. The joy didn’t last long before the judges overturned the goal citing an interference. The game had chances post the overturned goal however both teams failed to capitalise and score. Fatigue began to creep into the players as the Hurricanes registered their longest game in franchise history.
The clock struck 1:58 ET and Matthew Tkachuk shook the Canes’ net off a Sam Bennett goal. Florida Panthers, who last played in a Stanley Cup final in 1996, leads the Eastern Conference Finals 1-0.
The Panthers-Canes game is the sixth-longest Overtime Playoff game in NHL history. The game lasted 79 minutes and 47 seconds. The record goes to the Red Wings-Maroons game in the 1936 Stanley Cup Semifinal lasted 116:30 minutes of Overtime.
The Cats are showing true grit and might as they continue to play amazing hockey. Florida is winning their straight 7th-road game after coming into the playoffs as a wildcard team. They also have marked their 5th overtime victory this postseason.
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