February 21, 2024

The Florida Panthers are formally on a tear as they defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs in Sport 2 of their second spherical sequence to take each video games on the street. 

The Panthers, the eighth and ultimate seed within the Japanese Convention, have received 5 straight Stanley Cup Playoffs video games, which incorporates Video games 5, 6 and seven of their first spherical upset of the Boston Bruins. 4 of these 5 video games got here on the street. 

And this win got here on three unanswered objectives by the Panthers, who had been down early within the first interval because the Maple Leafs appeared to even up the sequence on their house ice. 

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Florida Panthers Goalie Sergei Bobrovsky (72) tends the online in the course of the first interval of the Spherical 2 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs Sport 2 between the Florida Panthers and the Toronto Maple Leafs on Could 4, 2023, at Scotiabank Area in Toronto, ON, Canada. (Julian Avram/Icon Sportswire through Getty Pictures)

It was Alexander Kerfoot scoring simply minutes into the sport for Toronto, which was his second purpose of the playoffs. Then, Ryan O’Reilly had an influence play likelihood discover the again of the online, rapidly making a gap for the Panthers to dig out of. 

As we’ve seen up to now within the playoffs, Florida can climb out of these holes. 

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It began with Anton Lundell’s first purpose of the playoffs, who Sam Reinhart present in entrance of the online on a crafty back-handed cross from behind the online. Maple Leafs goaltender Ilya Samsonov didn’t see it coming. 

When the second interval rolled round, solely the Panthers discovered the puck within the web. Aleksander Barkov, who didn’t make a lot noise within the first spherical, scored simply 19 seconds into the interval as Anthony Duclair dropped the puck again for him and he picked the proper low and proper spot previous Samsonov. 

Ryan O’Reilly #90 of the toronto Maple Leafs celebrates a purpose in opposition to the Florida Panthers throughout Sport Two of the Second Spherical of the 2023 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Scotiabank Area on Could 4, 2023 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Claus Andersen/Getty Pictures)

With the sport tied, Florida wasted no time taking their first lead of the sport lower than one minute later. 

Eetu Luostarinen intercepted a cross from the Leafs as they tried to interrupt the puck out of their zone and rapidly shot it over to Matthew Tkachuk. The Panthers had been making an opportunity on the time, so gamers started to hitch the frenzy again within the offensive finish, which included Lundell and Gustav Forsling. 

After Lundell gave the puck again to Tkachuk, the Panthers’ alternate captain despatched a cross throughout the ice to Forsling, who beat Samsonov. 

From there, it was all protection and a few extra stable goaltending from Sergei Bobrovsky. He completed the evening with 34 saves on 36 pictures on purpose, amassing himself one other win. 

As you’d count on, Leafs followers weren’t happy to see their workforce down two video games to none after they obtained out of the primary spherical for the primary time in 19 years after their sequence victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning. 

Panthers celebrate goal

Anton Lundell #15 of the Florida Panthers celebrates his purpose in opposition to the Toronto Maple Leafs with teammates Marc Staal #18, Sam Reinhart #13 and Eetu Luostarinen #27 in the course of the first interval in Sport Two of the Second Spherical of the 2023 Stanley Cup Playoffs on the Scotiabank Area on Could 4, 2023 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Mark Blinch/NHLI through Getty Pictures)

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The sequence strikes to Dawn, Fla. now the place Sport 3 puck drop will come on Sunday at 6:30 p.m. ET.