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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

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Greg Cote: Panthers get crushed in Edmonton 8-1 but Florida still in charge up 3-1 ... right?

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Admit it. You had the talk with fellow Florida Panthers fans, with neighbors, friends or coworkers, over the past couple of days. (I‘d imagine it was around the water cooler, but I’m not sure sure water coolers still exist.)

Somebody asked, “Would you rather have the Panthers clinch the Stanley Cup Final in Game 4 in Edmonton and ...Read more

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They're one win from Stanley Cup, but businesslike Panthers 'can't think about' that yet

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All season, the Florida Panthers have been steadfast in their approach to every situation that has come their way.

Focus on what you can do right now. Don’t worry about what has happened or what’s to come. Control the present — this one game, one shift, one play, one opportunity.

As the stage got bigger — from their push to win the ...Read more

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How Brent Burns helped convince the Celebrini family that San Jose was OK

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SAN JOSE, Calif. — Turns out former San Jose Sharks defenseman Brent Burns had a hand in helping Rick Celebrini finalize his decision to move his family from Vancouver to the Bay Area after he accepted a position with the Golden State Warriors six years ago.

Celebrini was hired by the Warriors as their director of sports medicine and ...Read more

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Dave Hyde: Panthers' stars shine again, Edmonton's don't -- and South Florida is one win from the Cup

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When it came to the big play, the breath-taker, the game-saving moment when the Florida Panthers needed one, there was goalie Sergei Bobrovsky making it again in the final minutes Thursday night in a way that said you can relax. He’s got this. They’ve all got this, really.

It’s not certain if it happens Saturday in Game 4 in Edmonton, or ...Read more

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Aleksander Barkov key as Panthers beat Oilers to take 3-0 series lead in Stanley Cup Final

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For three days, the Florida Panthers patiently waited to determine if Aleksander Barkov would be able to play in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final.

It’s hard to tell there was any doubt with the way he way he played on Thursday.

Barkov set up the Panthers’ game-opening goal in the first period, scored a goal of his own and was his usual ...Read more

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Greg Cote: Panthers will win 1st Stanley Cup unless Oilers party like it's 1942

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I would never, ever suggest that the Florida Panthers with a 3-0 lead in the Stanley Cup Final should get a jump on a parade plan. Or that the Edmonton Oilers don’t still have a chance.

I’ll let the math do the talking instead. (Canada, cover your eyes.)

Teams with a 3-0 series lead in NHL playoff history go on to win 98.1% of the time. ...Read more

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South Florida weather delays Panthers' flight to Edmonton for Stanley Cup Final

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The Florida Panthers, unlike most civilians, have the luxury of a direct, chartered flight to get to Edmonton for Games 3 and 4 of the Stanley Cup Final.

The Panthers do not, however, have the luxury of avoiding Mother Nature.

South Florida’s continuous stream of rain delayed the Panthers’ Wednesday flight to Edmonton International Airport...Read more

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Dave Hyde: Precipitating a crisis, I'm grounded for Game 3 but Panthers fly on to Edmonton

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My hopes of traveling to Edmonton to cover the Florida Panthers in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final weren’t dampened Wednesday. They were drowned.

Who knew you could be rained out of a hockey game?

That’s how my very bad, very wet, very, very long day of non-travel went until the late-afternoon email came that my flight had been canceled. ...Read more

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History is on Panthers' side with 2-0 Stanley Cup Final lead, but team staying in the moment

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Even with a 2-0 series lead in the Stanley Cup Final, the Florida Panthers know the value of keeping with the one-game-at-a-time mentality that got them to this point as the series shifts to the road.

After winning the first two games of the best-of-7 series against the Edmonton Oilers 3-0 on Saturday and 4-1 on Monday, Game 3 is at 8 p.m. ET ...Read more

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Where things stand with Barkov's injury as Panthers prepare for Game 3 of Stanley Cup Final

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One day after having to watch his team’s captain be helped off the ice after an illegal high hit, Florida Panthers coach Paul Maurice on Tuesday had only minimal updates on Aleksander Barkov’s status entering Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final against the Edmonton Oilers on Thursday.

“He came in today and he wasn’t worse. That’s a really...Read more

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Dave Hyde: Panthers two games from the Cup -- and good news is Barkov sounds like he'll play in them

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SUNRISE, Fla. — Leon Draisaitl wasn’t sorry.

“It’s just a hit,’’ the Edmonton star said.

Just a hit. Nothing more.

“I don’t think there’s anything dirty about it,’’ he said.

The question was if his “frustration” midway through the third period of the Florida Panthers’ eventual 4-1 win led him to deliver an elbow-...Read more

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Panthers rally to beat Oilers, go up 2-0 in Stanley Cup Final

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SUNRISE, Fla. — For a brief moment on Monday, Sergei Bobrovsky looked mortal. A puck trickled past the Florida Panthers’ star goaltender and into the net midway through the first period, giving the Edmonton Oilers life early in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final.

And then the Panthers did what they’re so good at doing. They waited for their ...Read more

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Greg Cote: Stanley Cup is in sight for Panthers with 4-1 rout of Oilers, 2-0 Final lead

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SUNRISE, Fla. — The Florida Panthers are embarking now on the longest northwestern road trip in Stanley Cup Final history — a 2,543-mile trek to Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. The time killer of choice, as always with the Cats on a flight, will be poker.

The dealing might be a bit more jocular than usual. The bad hands won’t seem so rough. ...Read more

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What Macklin Celebrini took away from talking with Connor McDavid

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Macklin Celebrini, expected to be selected first overall by the San Jose Sharks at the NHL draft later this month, got another chance to speak with Edmonton Oilers forward Connor McDavid on Monday before Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final in Sunrise, Fla.

Just like the circumstances surrounding Celebrini’s first meeting with McDavid, it was an ...Read more