We are now thirty six days into the Stanley Cup Playoffs. There was one game yesterday. Yesterdays game was game three of the Eastern Conference Finals. That series is between the Carolina Hurricanes and Florida Panthers. There is one game going on today. That game is game three of the Western Conference Finals. That series is between the Vegas Golden Knights and Dallas Stars.
Coming into game three of the Eastern Conference Finals the Florida Panthers had a 2-0 series lead over the Caorlina Hurricanes. The Panthers won game one in the fourth overtime and they won game two in overtime. The only goal in game three came half way through the second period. Sam Reinhart scored on the powerplay. His goal gave the Panthers the lead. His goal would end up being the game winning goal. The final score was 1-0 Panthers. The Florida Panthers now have a 3-0 series lead in the Eastern Conference Finals over the Carolina Hurricanes. The Florida Panthers are now win away from winning this series.
This is the first 1-0 win of the playoffs. It is also the fourth shutout of the 2023 Stanley Cup Playoffs. It is the Panthers first shutout of the playoffs. It is the fifth game in a row in the Conference Finals and third game in a row in this series to be within one goal. This is also the first game in the Conference Finals to end in regulation time. The Hurricanes need to get their offense going. If their offense doesn’t do anything in game four their season will be over. The Panthers are doing great. They have shut down the Hurricanes so far in this series. The Panthers are now one win from a Stanley Cup Finals birth. That would be their second stanley cup birth in team history. Will there be a sweep? Will there be more overtime? Will game four be another one goal game? Will the Hurricanes get their offense going? Will the Panthers seal the deal in game four at hame?
Game four will be on Wednesday May 24th at 5:00pm PST in Florida.
Game three of the Western Conference Finals is today. The Vegas Golden Knights have a 2-0 lead over the Dallas Stars in that series. The Golden Knights won both of the first two games in overtime. Will the home crowd help the Stars get the edge they need to beat the Golden Knights? Will the Golden Knights continue to find ways to win? How will the Stars respond in a critical game three? Will there be more overtime?
The Vegas Golden Knights, Carolina Hurricanes, Dallas Stars, Toronto Maple Leafs, Edmonton Oilers, Florida Panthers, Seattle Kraken, and New Jersey Devils advanced to round two. The Winnipeg Jets, New York Islanders, Minnesota Wild, Tampa Bay Lightning, Los Angeles Kings, Boston Bruins, Colorado Avalanche, and New York Rangers were eliminated in round one.
The Carolina Hurricanes and Florida Panthers advanced to the Eastern Conference Finals. The Vegas Golden Knights and Dallas Stars advanced to the Western Conference Finals. The New Jersey Devils, Toronto Maple Leafs, Edmonton Oilers, and Seattle Kraken have been eliminated in round two.
The Carolina Hurricanes are playing the Florida Panthers in the Eastern Conference Finals. The Vegas Golden Knights are playing the Dallas Stars in the Western Conference Finals.