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Were the Panthers offside? Team reacts to Aleksander Barkov's overturned goal in Game 6 of Cup Final

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In the moment, the Florida Panthers didn’t see it.

Aleksander Barkov had seemingly just gotten the Panthers on the board in the opening minute of the second period of Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final on Friday, 10 seconds after the Edmonton Oilers had gone up by two goals.

Except the goal didn’t count.

Oilers coach Kris Knoblauch ...Read more

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Three stats from three losses that have Florida Panthers facing Stanley Cup Final Game 7

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EDMONTON, Alberta — The Florida Panthers find themselves in the unfathomable position of now having to play a Game 7 in the Stanley Cup Final after having initially mounted a 3-0 lead in the series against the Edmonton Oilers.

After winning the first three games by scores of 3-0, 4-1 and 4-3, Florida has since lost Games 4-6 by scores of 8-1,...Read more

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Jason Mackey: Why assume Alex Nedeljkovic's return means the end of Tristan Jarry with Penguins?

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PITTSBURGH — When the Penguins signed Tristan Jarry to a five-year deal worth $26.875 million less than a year ago, it seemed to eliminate any question about the franchise's future in goal.

Yet after the team announced Thursday that it had re-signed Alex Nedeljkovic for two years, $5 million, it's fair to say that Jarry's role has become less...Read more

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Panthers once again can't wrap up Stanley Cup Final vs Oilers. Now, there will be a Game 7.

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EDMONTON, Alberta — How did this happen?

Just a week ago, the Florida Panthers had a 3-0 series lead over the Edmonton Oilers in the Stanley Cup Final. They were one win away from hoisting the Stanley Cup for the first time in franchise history.

They’ve had three chances to lock things up. They’ve failed all three times.

Game 4: An 8-1 ...Read more

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Greg Cote: For Panthers, it's now Stanley Cup or historic defeat in a Game 7 for the ages

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The most exciting and most dreadful two words in all of sports are headed to South Florida on Monday night, and those two words will offer one team unparalleled joy and the other deepest agony — both extremes bone-deep and eternal.

Game 7.

It’s a wonderful thing for fans. Unless your team is in it.

Then it’s a test of faith and belief ...Read more

Dave Hyde: Panthers, looking for ultimate success, rely on many whose careers have seen rough patches

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There are struggles all over the ice for the Florida Panthers. Doubts. Questions. They’re anywhere you look on the roster. Doubts, questions, even full-on failure.

Yes, after consecutive losses to Edmonton, if you’re the Panthers, you’re confident of one thing:

Your players’ paths show they know how to overcome outside doubts and ...Read more

After back-to-back losses, Panthers' Cup Final goal clear as ever: 'Just got to win one game'

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Paul Maurice kept the message simple. His Florida Panthers have been knocked down the past couple games with history on the horizon, but the optimism around the team hasn’t wavered.

“They’re not feeling deflated,” the veteran coach said. “A little grumpy.”

As should be the case when another opportunity to clinch the Stanley Cup ...Read more

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Kings save money by dealing Pierre-Luc Dubois for Capitals goaltender Darcy Kuemper

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LOS ANGELES — The Kings solved a pair of problems Wednesday by trading expensive but underperforming forward Pierre-Luc Dubois to the Washington Capitals for goaltender Darcy Kuemper.

Kuemper, a former King, will go to the top of the team's thin depth chart in goal. The only other goalie on the Kings' NHL roster is David Rittich, who re-...Read more

Carolina Hurricanes' GM Eric Tulsky cites need to be creative in 'complicated' offseason

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RALEIGH, N.C. — Eric Tulsky held his first news conference Wednesday as the Carolina Hurricanes’ general manager and handled it in a professional, if professorial way.

“It’s an incredible organization and I’m honored to be trusted to lead it,” he said.

Tulsky’s predecessors as general manager were Jim Rutherford, Ron Francis and ...Read more

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Luke DeCock: Eric Tulsky never expected this, but the Hurricanes' new GM is embracing the challenge

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Eric Tulsky didn’t set out to crack the hockey code or win a Stanley Cup. He was just trying to build a better electric-car battery. The hockey analysis and blogging? Just a hobby. An interest. An avocation.

Ten years ago, before he joined the Carolina Hurricanes and switched careers midstream, he never saw this coming: As soon as Wednesday, ...Read more

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Panthers can't overcome another early deficit, lose Game 5 of Stanley Cup Final to Oilers

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The Florida Panthers’ first chance to win the Stanley Cup came up flat when they got blown out in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final in Edmonton.

Their first chance to win it on home ice went the same way.

The Edmonton Oilers cruised to an early three-goal lead that the Panthers couldn’t erase in a 5-3 loss in Game 5 on Tuesday at Amerant ...Read more

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Dave Hyde: Panthers run into Connor McDavid again in 5-3 loss to Oilers, and series is on

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SUNRISE, Fla. — So, yes, in case you wondered, that’s Connor McDavid.

That’s the King of the North. That’s the oil to the Edmonton Oilers’ engine. That’s the player who was everything the Florida Panthers feared coming into the Stanley Cup Final for the second straight game on Tuesday night.

And so for the second straight game the ...Read more

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Greg Cote: Panthers, fans wait 30 years for Stanley Cup but will have to wait a little longer

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This was like no night the Florida Panthers had ever experienced in front of their own fans — a chance, at home, to raise the franchise’s first Stanley Cup.

Twenty-thousand red-clad fans, some who had waited 30 years for this moment, willed the storybook ending.

But the greatest unscripted reality show ever invented — it’s called ...Read more

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Blackhawks dive into interviews with Ivan Demidov, Artyom Levshunov and other NHL draft prospects

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CHICAGO — The Chicago Blackhawks will have a tough decision between at least two highly touted prospects with the No. 2 pick at the NHL draft next week in Las Vegas.

They took a step closer to narrowing that choice.

Representatives from the Hawks began the first of several meetings Tuesday with prospects represented by agent Dan Milstein, ...Read more

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Could Florida Panthers lineup changes be coming in Game 5? What Paul Maurice had to say

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After the Florida Panthers got blown out by the Edmonton Oilers in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final, coach Paul Maurice said he needed at least a day to decide if he was going to make any lineup changes moving forward.

While nothing is set in stone, it looks as if at least one move could be made based on how the team looked at practice on Monday...Read more

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'Same old Bobby': Panthers aren't worried about Sergei Bobrovsky after Game 4 benching

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Sergei Bobrovsky has already turned the page.

The Florida Panthers expect nothing less.

Panthers coach Paul Maurice pulled his star goaltender 25 minutes into Florida’s 8-1 blowout loss to the Edmonton Oilers in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final on Saturday — their first chance to win the Stanley Cup after going up 3-0 in the best-of-7 ...Read more

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Dave Hyde: Panthers coach Paul Maurice, a hockey lifer, has spent decades chasing this final win to hold the Stanley Cup

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There were three television stations to watch in the Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, of Paul Maurice’s youth. A French station. WKBD from Detroit, 300 miles south. And CBC, which his family gathered around any Saturday night the kids weren’t playing hockey to watch that week’s game on “Hockey Night in Canada.”

“My mom would make a pot of...Read more

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After blowout loss in Game 4, Panthers keeping emotions in check with Stanley Cup in sight

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Make no mistake about it: The Florida Panthers know they were far from their best on Saturday in their first chance to clinch the Stanley Cup. The final score, an 8-1 blowout at the hands of the Edmonton Oilers in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final, paints that picture clearly.

Florida deviated from its game too much. The shutdown defense was ...Read more

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Edmonton's top players found life in Game 4. Should that concern the Panthers?

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The Florida Panthers managed to keep the Edmonton Oilers’ top players at bay through the first three games of the Stanley Cup Final. It’s a big reason they were able to take a 3-0 lead in the best-of-7 series and put themselves within one win of hoisting the Stanley Cup for the first time in franchise history.

In Game 4 on Saturday, with ...Read more

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Oilers rout Panthers in Game 4 of Stanley Cup Final to keep series alive

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As Paul Maurice prepared for Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final, the first chance for his Florida Panthers to win the Stanley Cup and pull off a rare Stanley Cup Final sweep against the Edmonton Oilers, he acknowledged that there would be two energy sources in Edmonton’s Rogers Arena.

“One’s desperation and the other’s desire, for lack of ...Read more