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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

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Florida penalty kill shows up in Game 1 vs Edmonton. And could Panthers host an outdoor game?

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The Florida Panthers’ penalty kill has been tested all playoffs and for the most part has managed to be successful. The group did its part to minimize both the Tampa Bay Lightning and New York Rangers’ high-octane power play units in earlier rounds of the postseason.

And in its first test of the Stanley Cup Final against the Edmonton Oilers...Read more

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Panthers played 'well enough to win' Game 1 of Cup Final. Now comes the 'grind' of the series.

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Let’s start with this: A win is a win, especially in the throes of the Stanley Cup Final, and the Florida Panthers aren’t going to downplay their 3-0 shutout of the Edmonton Oilers on Saturday at Amerant Bank Arena to begin the best-of-7 series.

But as to how the Panthers got to that win? Matthew Tkachuk probably summed it up the most ...Read more

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Panthers win Game 1 of Stanley Cup Final as Sergei Bobrovsky shuts out Oilers

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SUNRISE, Fla. — The Florida Panthers have the early lead in the Stanley Cup Final.

They have Sergei Bobrovsky in large part to thank for that.

The Panthers’ star goaltender and Vezina Trophy finalist put up arguably his best performance of the playoffs, stopped all 33 shots he faced in a 3-0 win in Game 1 on Saturday at Amerant Bank Arena ...Read more

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Greg Cote: Bob 1, McJesus 0: Panthers shut out Oilers, McDavid in Stanley Cup Final Game 1

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The Stanley Cup itself was slid slowly and ceremoniously to center ice before Game 1 atop a black-draped table, handled with care by two league officials wearing white gloves. It is the prize that NHL commissioner Gary Bettman, in the house Saturday night, called “the most storied trophy in all of sports.”

Florida Panthers fans broke into a...Read more

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NHL betting experts break down Panthers-Oilers Stanley Cup Final

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LAS VEGAS — The Florida Panthers somehow left Las Vegas without a Stanley Cup hangover last summer after losing the NHL championship series to the Golden Knights.

Florida is back in the Stanley Cup Final and favored to become only the third team in the NHL’s expansion era (post-1967) to win the Stanley Cup a year after losing in the final ...Read more

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'A long time coming': Top four picks from 2014 NHL draft playing in Stanley Cup Finals

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Sam Bennett saw the photo and couldn’t help but laugh.

“I had a lot more hair on my head back then,” Bennett said. “We were just a bunch of young kids, so it’s pretty funny.”

The photo in question is one of Aaron Ekblad, Sam Reinhart, Leon Draisaitl and Bennett sitting together in suits and ties at the 2014 NHL draft. They were the...Read more

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Dave Hyde: Welcome to the center of the hockey universe as Stanley Cup Final begins

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SUNRISE, Fla. — There it stood, shimmering in all its reflective silver. The Stanley Cup.

“I get chills just looking at it,’’ Panthers forward Ryan Lomberg said, staring at it.

Hockey’s championship trophy sat Friday on an Amerant Bank Arena concourse as Panthers players did Media Day interviews on the eve of the Stanley Cup Final.

...Read more

After runner-up finish last year, Panthers 'not satisfied' without winning Stanley Cup

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SUNRISE, Fla. — Veteran forward Kyle Okposo parachuted onto the Panthers’ roster in March, about a month before Florida began its postseason journey back to the Stanley Cup Final. He played six regular-season games with the Panthers, but he quickly learned the team’s attitude.

“The expectations were laid out immediately,” Okposo said....Read more

Dave Hyde: The mystery of Panthers' Sergei Bobrovsky and how he became one of NHL's best goalies at 35

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Paul Maurice was leaving the Florida Panthers practice facility the day of a game when he saw Sergei Bobrovsky lifting weights in a hallway.

“The hell’s he doing?” Maurice thought, knowing Bobrovsky was starting in goal that night.

Maurice then did what any veteran coach, any smart coach — anyone who has dealt...Read more

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Pavelski's time in San Jose, and his value, not forgotten by ex-Sharks teammates

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SAN JOSE, Calif. — A furious Joe Pavelski walked into the visitor’s dressing room at Gila River Arena in Glendale, Arizona, nearly a decade ago and told his San Jose Sharks teammates to stop what they were doing.

With the Sharks desperately fighting to make the playoffs and down by two goals to the Arizona Coyotes, Pavelski commanded the ...Read more

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Bettor needs Oilers to lift Stanley Cup to cash 3-leg parlay for $584K

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LAS VEGAS — A BetMGM bettor needs the Edmonton Oilers to win the Stanley Cup to cash a $1,000 parlay that pays $584,000.

The bettor placed the three-leg futures parlay in January in Colorado using a promotional credit offered to new customers.

The three legs are the Kansas City Chiefs to win the Super Bowl at +650, Real Madrid to win the ...Read more

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Coach Paul Maurice's speech after Panthers reached Stanley Cup Final sums up how the team got here

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MIAMI — Every Florida Panthers player was sitting at his stall in the dressing room as Paul Maurice stood in front of the room.

The Panthers’ coach, a veteran of 26 NHL seasons, at many times this postseason has made his presence known through quick quips and sly remarks during his interviews.

But here’s a look at a slightly softer, more...Read more