SUNRISE, Florida (AP) – The rebound game the Florida Panthers needed began, perhaps fittingly, with a puck taking a cross jump.
Blast here. Explosion there. And just like that, the chain was tied.
Alexander Barkov And Carter Verhaghi Both had a goal and a assist, and the Panthers beat the Washington Capitals 5-1 Thursday night to reach the first round in the first round of the Eastern Conference in one game.
It’s nice to win. That’s all we want to do, Barkov said. Obviously we didn’t play the right way in the first match. This match, we kept building and improving as the match went on.”
Aaron EkbladAnton Lundell and Mason’s career He also scored for Florida, the top seed in the Stanley Cup playoffs. Sergey Bobrovsky He stopped 26 rounds.
“Bob kept us in the game, and gave us a chance to win,” Barkoff said.
Niklas Backstrom Record for Washington. Vitik Vanishek He conceded five goals in 19 shots in the first and second half, and Ilya Samsonov He netted the capitals for the third half – stopping all 17 shots he’s faced in the last 20 minutes.
The series moves to Washington, with Game 3 on Saturday and Game 4 on Monday night.
“We have a restricted series going back to Washington,” Backstrom said. “We’re looking forward to playing in front of our audience.”
It was Florida’s sixth win in its last 19 homegrown playoffs dating back to 1996, and it achieved the largest margin of victory in franchise playoff history. Florida beat Boston 6–2 in Game Two of the first round of the 1996 playoffs, the season the Panthers went to the Stanley Cup Final, and they won 5–1 at Pittsburgh later that season in the Eastern Conference.
“Here’s one,” said Ekblad. “We’re going to keep this train going.”
Florida took the bulk of its damage on Thursday in two short runs – two goals in the 1:38 period late in the first half, then two more goals in the 2:08 period late in the second half.
“We’re Moving”, Washington Alex Ovechkin She said. “It’s 1-1…a good scenario for us.”
The Panthers were stacked almost completely in the first 14:30, and they held onto two pieces in that span – only the third time in 84 games this season they have been held so low deep into the game.
But the Panthers finally got a break. Or rather a bounce.
Ekblad opened the scoring with a shot that hit Washington’s stick, bouncing back hard from the ice and past Vanishk. Barkov in the pass that came through the crease Jonathan Huberdeau Soon, Florida was 2-0 after one.
Capitals coach Peter Laviollette said: “In the first period, I thought we did everything right and we lost 2-0. Then even to start the second half, I thought we were doing the right things and they got third and fourth. I thought our game was falling apart from there.”
Backstrom didn’t deter from a tricky corner, scoring in a powerful game in 2:44 to cut the first-half lead, but Marschmann regained the two-goal edge for Florida just 27 seconds later – the Panthers’ third goal of the night. Only seven shots to that point.
Lundell achieved his goal by cashing in on the give-and-go game Sam Reinhartthen let Verhaeghe fly with a wrist shot that overtook Vanecek’s gauntlet to advance 5-1.
Interim Panthers coach Andrew Bronte said: “Tonight, early on, we weren’t as sharp as we’d like. But I think we made it through and that’s a really good building block for our group here.”
Verhaeghe’s goal undoubtedly played a role in giving Samsonov a third game for the capitals, and it undoubtedly brought back memories of last season when Washington used three guards in six playoffs thanks to a slew of infections and coronavirus-related issues.
“I thought he went in and played well, because I don’t think we played well in third at all,” Laviolette said of Samsonov.
Capitals were without Tom Wilson, who left Game 1 shortly after scoring the opening goal of the series and has not returned with a lower body injury. His status is listed as day by day by the capitals, who summoned forward Brett Leeson from AHL’s Hershey earlier on Thursday. Leason made his National Hockey League debut.
Game five is now confirmed, and it will be Wednesday night at Sunrise. … Florida made one change from game one to game two Noel Acari In the lineup Ryan Lomberg. Washington kept the same lineup, with the exception of Wilson out and Wilson in. …NHL Commissioner Gary Pittman was in the game, as part of the post-season tour of the Playoff Cities, and gave the start of the playoffs high marks after two years of COVID-related challenges. “Our buildings are full. You know, the words have been overused lately — but “normal” or “close to normal” sounds really good,” Bateman said.
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