Rangers win Game 2 in overtime, series tied at 1-1

Barclay Goodrow scored the overtime winner as the New York Rangers defeated the Florida Panthers 2-1, tying up the series at 1-1. 


After losing Game 1 at home on Wednesday night, the Rangers knew they had to be better from the jump and they stuck to that plan. 

 

Vincent Trocheck got the Rangers on the board for the first time in the series just 4:12 into the game, when he beat Sergei Borbrovsky for his seventh goal of the playoffs. 

 

Trocheck leads the Rangers with 15 postseason points.

 

After going down, Florida picked up their pace and would begin to tilt the ice in their favor as the first intermission approached. 

 

With 1:51 left to go in the opening period, the Panthers would get on the board. 

 

Carter Verhaeghe beat Igor Shesterkin for career playoff goal number 23 — tying the game at 1-1. 

 

While both teams lit the lamp in the opening 20, the two goaltenders would slam the door shut for the next two periods and overtime would ensue. 

 

“I thought our guys did a great job again. They defend, they work hard,” said Sergei Bobrovsky, who finished with 28 saves in the loss. “It’s a tight game, it’s a one goal game. So we keep going.”

 

In the extra period, the Rangers had a good push in the opening minute, generating a few quality chances before the two sides tightened up. 

 

Towards the end of overtime, Rangers captain Jacob Trouba long flipped the puck out of the zone to Barclay Goodrow. 

 

Goodrow and Trocheck fed a give-and-go on the zone entry before Goodrow buried his fourth goal of the playoffs for the overtime winner. 

 

This was a huge win for the Rangers, who were at risk of going down 0-2, with the next two games on the road.

 

“After Game 5 (against Boston) I was some kind of sour with the way we played… I’m fine with tonight,” Panthers head coach Paul Maurice said. “You shouldn’t come in and beat the Presidents’ Trophy team twice in their own building, you really shouldn’t. We got that one to overtime.”

 

The series transitions over to Sunrise for games 3 and 4 — with Game 3 on Sunday at 3 p.m. ET at Amerant Bank Arena. 

Panthers’ Aleksander Barkov wins second Selke Trophy

Florida Panthers captain Aleksander Barkov is the 2024 Frank J. Selke Trophy winner. 

 

The Selke is awarded annually “to the forward who best excels in the defensive aspects of the game” and is selected by members of the Professional Hockey Writers Association.   

 

This is the second time Barkov has won the Selke, with his first coming back in 2021.

 

The 28-year-old had 80 points (23 goals, 57 assists) in 73 games this season with the Panthers — finishing the year a +33. He played a pivotal role at both ends of the ice during the regular season for the Panthers — centering the top line for the team with the best goal differential, goals against average and fewest goals conceded (tied with Winnipeg) in 2023-23.

 

First awarded in 1978, Barkov became just the 10th player in NHL history to win the Selke more than once. He is the only Panther in franchise history to win the award.

 

Barkov beat out Jordan Staal (Carolina) and Auston Matthews (Toronto), who were the other two finalists for Selke.

 

Barkov won by a landslide, accumulating 1,817 points and being first choice on 165 of the 194 ballots — placing top-five on 192 of those.

 

His teammate, Sam Reinhart, finished tied for fourth with 440 points and had 12 first-place votes, which was second most behind Barkov.

 

Staal was second with 539 points and Matthews finished third with 514.

 

The NHL Awards ceremony will be on June 27 from the Fontainebleau in Las Vegas. 

Panthers advance to Eastern Conference Final, knock out Bruins in Game 6

The Florida Panthers advanced to the Eastern Conference Final after knocking out the Boston Bruins in six games on Friday night. 

 

Gustav Forsling scored the game winning goal with just 1:33 remaining in the third period, leading the Panthers to 2-1 victory.

 

Florida has ended the Bruins season in two-straight postseasons — winning six straight playoff games at TD Garden en route to that.   

 

The Bruins struck first on Friday, grabbing a 1-0 lead after Pavel Zacha scored off a breakaway with just 52 seconds remaining in the first. 

 

Replay showed that Panthers forward Carter Verhaeghe was interfered with by Bruins defender Brandon Carlo in the lead up to the goal, but there was no call made on the ice. 

 

In the second period, Florida’s youngest player Anton Lundell got his team back in the game with his second goal of the postseason, coming with 7:16 left in the frame. 

 

Lundell, 22, already had 41 playoff games under his belt. 

 

The game remained tight until the final minutes of the game and that’s when Florida took the series.

 

Gustav Forsling scored the game winning goal with 1:33 left in regulation, his second goal of the series.  

 

The Panthers will return to the Eastern Conference Final (ECF) for a second-straight year and will look to defend their title against the  President’s Trophy winning New York Rangers. 

 

Game 1 of the ECF will be on Wednesday, May 22 at 8 p.m. ET at Madison Square Garden in New York. 

2024 NHL Eastern Conference Final schedule released

The NHL released the full schedule for the 2024 Eastern Conference Final on Friday afternoon. 

 

After defeating the Carolina Hurricanes on Thursday, the New York Rangers booked their ticket to the Eastern Conference Final (ECF) and now await the winner of the Florida Panthers-Boston Bruins series — Florida currently leads 3-2.

 

Game 1 of the ECF will be on Wednesday, May 22 at 8 p.m. ET at Madison Square Garden in New York, with the Rangers hosting either the Panthers or Bruins. 

 

Game 6 of the second round series between the Panthers and Bruins is Friday, May 17 at the TD Garden. 

 

Full Eastern Conference Final schedule:

GAME 1: Wednesday, May 22, 8 p.m. ET- Panthers/Bruins @ Rangers (ESPN, ESPN+, SN, CBC, TVAS)

 

GAME 2:  Friday, May 24, 8 p.m. ET – Panthers/Bruins @ Rangers (ESPN, ESPN+, SN, CBC, TVAS)

 

GAME 3:  Sunday, May 26, 3 p.m. ET – Rangers @ Panthers/Bruins (ABC, ESPN+, SN, CBC, TVAS)

 

GAME 4: Tuesday, May 28, 8 p.m. ET –  Rangers @ Panthers/Bruins (ESPN, ESPN+, SN, CBC, TVAS)

 

GAME 5*: Thursday, May 30, 8 p.m. ET – Panthers/Bruins @ Rangers (ESPN, ESPN+, SN, CBC, TVAS)

 

GAME 6*: Saturday, June 1, 8 p.m. ET – Rangers @ Panthers/Bruins (ABC, ESPN+, SN, CBC, TVAS)

 

GAME 7*: Monday, June 3, 8 p.m. ET –  Panthers/Bruins @ Rangers (ESPN, ESPN+, SN, CBC, TVAS)

Game 6: Lomberg, Cousins in for Panthers, Marchand game-time decision for Bruins

The Panthers and Bruins will battle it out tonight in Game 6 at Boston’s TD Garden.

 

Holding a 3-2 lead entering Friday night’s matchup, the Panthers are making a few changes up front. 

 

Forwards Ryan Lomberg and Nick Cousins will draw into the lineup, while Kyle Okposo and Steven Lorentz come out, per Jameson Olive of Florida Panthers.com

 

Cousins played the Panthers’ first seven games of the postseason, before being healthy scratched in Game 3 of this series because of Sam Bennett’s return to the lineup. 

 

Lomberg played in Game 1 of the first round against the Lightning, but would miss games 2-4 with an illness. When Lomberg recovered, he wouldn’t return to the lineup because of the great performances from those on the Panthers’ fourth line. 

 

Looking for a spark, Panthers head coach Paul Maurice decides to remove Okposo and Lorentz from the lineup — both of whom have exceeded expectations in the postseason. 

 

“I’m looking at the two guys who are sitting out thinking they could really bring some legs tonight,” Maurice spoke about bringing in Lomberg and Cousins. “That’s why.”

 

Lorentz has two goals, and three points in nine playoff games, Okposo had two assists in eight games.

 

Lomberg and Cousins are expected to reunite on the fourth line, with Kevin Stenlund as the center. 

 

Projected Panthers lines 

Tarasenko – Barkov – Reinhart

Verhaeghe – Bennett – Tkachuk

Luostarinen – Lundell – Rodrigues

Lomberg – Stenlund – Cousins

 

Forsling-Ekblad

Mikkola-Montour

Ekman-Larsson-Kulikov 

 

Bobrovsky (Confirmed Starter)

Stolarz 

 

Boston will need a repeat of their Game 5 performance on Friday night if they want to get on a plane to Fort Lauderdale for a Game 7. 

 

Bruins captain Brad Marchand was listed as a game-time decision, per head coach Jim Montgomery. Marchand missed the last two games with an upper-body injury.

 

Trailing 3-2 in the series, the Bruins know all too well it’s not over until the handshake line.

 

They are in the same position that the Panthers were in last year against them — hosting Game 6, trailing 3-2 in the series. The Panthers won the series after overcoming a 3-1 deficit. 

 

“It’s another loud building and they’re going to bring it again,” Panthers defenseman Brandon Montour said. “Their lives are on the line and [it’s] another chance for us to find a way to close it out. It’s going to be a tough game.”

 

The Bruins played seven games in their first round against the Maple Leafs after Toronto clawed back down 3-1 to force a Game 7. 

 

Jeremy Swayman (6-5-0) is the projected starter for Boston. Sergei Bobrovsky (7-3-0) has been confirmed for the Panthers. 

Bruins stay alive, defeat Panthers to force Game 6 in Boston

SUNRISE — With their backs against the wall and on the brink of elimination, the Boston Bruins kept their season alive on Tuesday night, defeating the Florida Panthers 2-1 in Game 5 at Amerant Bank Arena. 

 

Charlie McAvoy scored the game winning goal midway through the second period and Jeremy Swayman shut the door the rest of the way out, giving up just one goal on 29 shots. 

 

The Bruins’ win pushes this series to a Game 6 in Boston on Friday, May 17. 

 

Florida still leads the series 3-2 and will have another chance to move on with a win at the TD Garden — where they’ve won five consecutive playoff games. 

 

Morgan Geekie got the game going when he opened the scoring with his fourth goal of the playoffs 4:49 into the first.

 

The Bruins would take a 1-0 lead to the break and a 13-4 shot advantage — their most in a single period all series. 

 

“I didn’t like our first,” Panthers head coach Paul Maurice said post game. “And good for (Boston) right. 110-109 (Panthers -Bruins season point totals), they should have a good first. 

 

In the second, the Panthers equalized after Sam Reinhart scored his fifth goal of the playoffs 6:23 into the frame. 

 

Four minutes after Reinhart tied the game, Charlie McAvoy grabbed the lead back for the Bruins, scoring his first goal of the playoffs to put Boston up 2-1. 

 

Florida would challenge the play for goaltender interference, however the goal stood following review.

 

Over the next 30 minutes, both teams would have their respective chances, but the goaltenders stood on their head to give their teams a chance.

 

Panthers goalie Sergei Bobrovsky had 26 saves on 28 shots in the loss. 

 

“He’s been exceptional all year for us,” Panthers forward Kevin Stenlund said of Bobrovsky. “He kept us in it, especially that first half. 

 

Despite seven combined power plays in the game, neither team could find the back of the net on the man-advantage. 

 

The Bruins were 0/3 while the Panthers went 0/4 — two of which came in the third period. 

 

Boston returns home to a similar situation that the Panthers faced against them in last season’s first-round. After going down 3-1, the Panthers defeated the Bruins on the road — winning the game by one goal to force a Game 6 at home. Florida went onto win Game 6 and then forced a Game 7 back in Boston, which they won in overtime.

 

The Bruins held a 3-1 lead in this year’s first-round to the Toronto Maple Leafs, before dropping two straight. They would win Game 7 in overtime to move on.


There will two days off between games before the Bruins play hosts to the Panthers on Friday night, for Game 6 at the TD Garden in Boston. 

Panthers-Bruins Game 5: Morning skate edition

FORT LAUDERDALE — The Florida Panthers are back in Sunrise tonight, with a chance to book their ticket to the Eastern Conference Finals. 

 

Leading 3-1 in their series against the Bruins, Florida is keeping the same lineup they had for the past two wins in Boston. 

 

“I don’t think too much changes,” Carter Verhaeghe said going into the elimination game. “We just got to keep on doing what we’re doing and playing the right way, trying to stick to what we do best in our game.”

 

Both Sam Reinhart and Vladimir Tarasenko remain in the lineup after getting dinged up at the end of Game 4.

 

Sergei Bobrovsky is set to make his tenth consecutive start of this postseason. 

 

Going back to last season, the Panthers have won their last two home-ice series clinching games (Carolina 2023, Tampa 2024).

 

If the Panthers were to close out the series on Tuesday, they’ll face the winner of the Rangers – Hurricanes series (Rangers lead 3-2). 

 

No matter who wins in the other series, if they advance, the Panthers would begin the Eastern Conference Finals on the road as they finished the season with fewer points than both Carolina and New York.

 

The Bruins will be without their captain Brad Marchand (upper-body) for a second consecutive game, per Amalie Benjamin of NHL.com.

 

Projected Lines 

Tarasenko-Barkov-Reinhart

Verhaeghe-Bennett-Tkachuk

Luostarinen-Lundell-Rodrigues

Lorentz-Stenlund-Okposo

 

Forsling-Ekblad

Mikkola-Montour

OEL-Kulikov

 

Bobrovsky (Confirmed Starter)

Stolarz

Game 5 is Tuesday, May 14, at 7 p.m.

Panthers take 3-1 series lead after Game 4 win in Boston

After scoring two unanswered goals to tie the game, Panthers captain Aleksander Barkov had the game winner as Florida took down the Boston Bruins 3-2 at the TD Garden on Sunday night. 

 

The Panthers will take a 3-1 series lead back to Sunrise, with a chance to advance on Tuesday night after they took the Bruins down in both games 3 and 4 on the road. 

 

Entering Sunday’s matchup there was a lot of discourse ahead of the 6:30 p.m. puck drop in Boston. 

 

The big storyline entering Game 4 was not about the Bruins getting outscored 12-3 in the past two games, or being outshot 2-1 in each of those games, it was about the Sam Bennett hit on Brad Marchand. 

 

To be clear, the Bruins had a right to be upset regarding the hit — a new replay angle which was shown on TNT just 30 minutes before the game visibly showed Bennett catching Marchand with a fist to the face in the first period of Game 3.  

 

Marchand didn’t play in Game 4, but the reasoning behind his upper-body injury hasn’t been disclosed yet and there’s a possibility he could’ve picked that up on a play separate from Bennett, as the Bruins captain did stay in the game until the start of the third. 

 

The league didn’t think Bennett needed any supplemental discipline, so he was in the lineup for the Panthers.

 

With that being said, It should come to nobody’s surprise that the Bruins came out of the gates on Sunday with a mission.



Trailing the series on home ice, Boston needed to be the hungrier team and they were that at the start.

 

On the first shift of the game, Bruins defenseman Charlie McAvoy steamrolled Sam Reinhart at open ice — getting the Boston faithful on their feet and buzzing just seconds into the game. 

 

The Bruins fed off the crowd and early physicality, scoring twice in the first period, off a power play goal from David Pastrnak and a point shot from Brandon Carlo. 

 

They went into the intermission up 2-0.

 

Florida was being outscored, but they weren’t being outplayed.

 

The Panthers led in the shots department 15-5 after the first period, but they weren’t able to get past Bruins goaltender Jeremy Swayman.

 

Despite trailing by multiple goals, the Panthers didn’t stray away from their game and they were finally rewarded when Anton Lundell scored his first goal of the playoffs with 5:12 remaining in the second. 

 

“The first goal was obviously huge for our team,” Lundell said. “We had some good chances early in the game but it’s hard to score in the playoffs. We just stuck with it, got some more chances and finally it went in.”

 

Down one entering the final period of regulation and holding a 28-16 shot advantage, you could feel the tying goal coming and it did — but not without some controversy. 

 

The biggest enemy in Boston entering Sunday was without a doubt Sam Bennett for his hit on Boston’s captain. 

 

So of course Bennett tied the game in an extremely controversial fashion. 

 

With the Panthers on the power play, Bennett tucked away a rebound on the doorstep of the Bruins crease — evening things up at 2-2 just 3:41 into the third. 

 

The replay showed that Bennett shoved Bruins forward Charlie Coyle into Jeremey Swayman before he put away his second goal of the postseason. 

 

Boston would challenge the play for goaltender interference and the consensus in the building was that the goal would come back — it didn’t.

 

To the Bruins surprise, they lost the challenge. 

 

The NHL’s situation room in Toronto deemed that there wasn’t goaltender interference and the goal would stand. 

 

Panthers coach Paul Maurice was asked postgame, “hand on the Bible, were you surprised that goal counted from Bennett?” 

 

“No,” Maurice responded in a not so enthusiastic tone. “I will have an opinion and it would be no, in that, it will have no impact on the play of the game… the contact between the two is not egregious at all.”

 

Carrying the momentum of two unanswered goals, the Panthers captain would put his team on his back once again — this time with a highlight reel goal.

 

With 12:30 to play in regulation, Aleksander Barkov tucked his shoulder and breezed past three Bruins defenders before roofing the puck over Swayman’s shoulder, giving the Panthers their first lead of the game.

 

“It’s incredible,” Sam Bennett said of Barkov’s game winner. “It’s so much fun to watch Barky play hockey. I think for anyone else that’s a career highlight goal and for him it’s just another day in the office. It’s pretty remarkable what he can do.”  

 

Barkov’s 13 playoff points (5 goals, 8 assists) is tied for the team lead with Matthew Tkachuk.

 

It was another tough night for the Bruins offense. They put just 18 shots on Panthers goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky — with only two total in the third period. 


Since Game 2, Boston has been outshot 107-50.

 

The Panthers are 2-0 at the TD Garden this series and have won their last five playoff games in Boston dating back to last season. 

 

Florida returns home with a 3-1 lead and can end the series on Tuesday night in Sunrise — which would get them back to the Eastern Conference Finals for a second consecutive season.

Discourse on Bennett-Marchand hit continues ahead of Game 4

There will be a hockey game later tonight in Boston — an important one for both sides as the Panthers lead the series 2-1.

 

However, over the last 24 hours, the hockey world’s attention has been zeroed in on the Sam Bennett – Brad Marchand incident.

 

For those who have been off the grid since Friday night, in the first period of Game 3, Marchand attempted to hit Bennett in the neutral zone, but the Panthers forward saw him coming and reversed the hit — knocking the Bruins captain to the ice.

 

Marchand was visibly shaken up, but stayed in the game for the first and second periods. He would not return for the third. 

 

On Friday night, there wasn’t really any discourse regarding the hit from the Bruins bench. 

 

Nobody reacted, nobody went after Bennett and the game played out.

 

That would change the next day.

 

Everyone saw the hit in real time, but a few different angles of the play slowed down began circulating — which brings us to where we are today. 

 

Some believe Bennett “sucker punched” Marchand in the head as he was countering the Bruins forward’s attempt to lay the body. 

 

The day after the game, Bruins head coach Jim Montgoomery made it clear that he believes Bennett knew what he was doing on the play.

 

“Having seen it, there’s a history there with Bennett,” Montgomery said on Saturday. “There’s clearly evidence of what went on and people can say it wasn’t intentional. We have our view of it.”

 

On the other hand, Panthers head coach Paul Maurice thought the complete opposite of his Bruins counterpart.  

 

“No, no, and I don’t think most of you would’ve either,” Maurice responded when asked if he thought Bennett punched Marchand. “It was just a collision. In a perfect world, every team has everybody healthy, nobody likes to see anybody get hurt.”

 

The NHL’s Department of Player Safety appeared to share a similar view to that of Maurice’s as Bennett would not receive any supplemental discipline from the league.

 

While both coaches and the league let their opinions be known, the discourse continued in the hours leading up to Sunday’s Game 4. 

 

Boston announced that Marchand would not play on Sunday due to an upper-body injury. He’s currently day-to-day. 

 

Montgomery followed up where he left off on Saturday, letting his opinion on Bennett’s hit known after Boston’s morning skate on Sunday.

 

“I don’t think I classified it as dirty, I just thought it was outside lines,” Montgomery told the media. “I think it was someone that plays the game on the edge and he knew what he was doing. I don’t know if you’ve seen the picture from behind, but clearly he loaded up.”

 

Montgomery was then asked why his team didn’t retaliate as the hit took place in front of Boston’s bench and if Marchand was concussed on the play. 

 

While the status of Marchand’s health wasn’t fully disclosed,  Montgommery did answer why there was no response from his team.

 

“I feel it’s my fault that we didn’t retaliate to some degree,” Montgomery responded. “You’re trying to get back in a game, it’s 1-0 up until they get the four-minute power play. Then we start the third and score right away. Now we’ve got the juices going. There’s reasons why we didn’t. That’s something I personally take responsibility for.”

 

Game 4 is a big one for both sides, but the situation seems a bit more dire for the home team, especially since they’ll be without their captain.

 

Trailing 2-1 in the series, the Bruins have been outscored 12-3 in the past two games while being outshot 66-32.

 

A Bruins loss would have them down 3-1 in the series and it would give the Panthers three straight opportunities to move onto the Eastern Conference Final — two of those being at home in Sunrise. 

‘None of that will matter once the puck drops tonight’: Panthers mindful of success in Boston, but aren’t living in the past

It’s going to be hard to follow up the entertainment value that was seen on Wednesday night in Sunrise. 


Game 2 was about as fun as you can have if you were a neutral, or fan of the home team. 

 

148 penalty minutes — 12 of those being game misconducts — seven goals, Brandon Montour mocking Brad Marchand with a licking gesture (look up Marchand – Callahan, 2018 playoffs) and, Matthew Tkachuk and David Pastrnak putting forth their best “Doug Glatt” impressions in front of 19,000 plus at Amerant Bank Arena. 

 

“If you paid money to come to the rink tonight, you got a hell of a night,” Panthers head coach Paul Maurice said after Game 2.

 

As for the two superstars fighting, the Panthers boss had a similar opinion.

 

“They each have their team, they got their brothers in the room,it gets a little spicy out there and they want to go,” Maurice added. “I think it was awesome.” 

 

Both teams had their respective moments so far in the series. In Game 1, Boston walked over Florida in a 5-1 victory. The Panthers would answer the bell with a 6-1 walloping of the Bruins at home in Game 2.  

 

Now the series shifts to Boston, with Game 3 on Friday night at the TD Garden.

 


The last time these two sides met in a playoff game in Boston, it was Florida that ended the Bruins season after Carter Verhaeghe scored the overtime winner in Game 7 last year.

 


Florida beat Boston in three of the four playoff meetings at the TD Garden in 2023. After Friday’s morning skate ahead of Game 3 Maurice was asked if that success makes them more comfortable going into this year’s series.

 

 

“I’m trying to give you a mindful answer about ‘how do you feel coming into this game?’”, Maurice said before answering. “I’m gonna say yes, but it doesn’t matter… We didn’t beat them in the regular season — they beat us five times —  and that had nothing to do with Game 2, it doesn’t matter.”



Maurice continued; “We beat them three times up here last year, none of that will matter once the puck drops tonight.”

 

The Panthers were 0-0-2 in Boston during the regular season, but like Maurice said, none of that matters in the playoffs. 

 

As for the game on hand, the Panthers may get back a big piece to their forward core tonight. 

 

 

Sam Bennett, who hasn’t played since leaving Game 2 of the first round with an injury (upper-body), took morning skate with the team on Friday and will be a game-time decision, per Maurice.



“He was good this morning, he felt really good,” Maurice said of Bennett. “We’ll get him a nap this afternoon, get him through warmups and make a decision then.”



If Bennett is good to play on Friday, the odd forward out will likely be a member of the fourth-line. The line of Steven Lorentz, Kyle Okposo and Nick Cousins have been great this postseason, so good that they’ve kept Ryan Lomberg and Jonah Gadjovich — both regulars during the season — out of the playoff lineup.

 

“I’m gonna end up taking a player out of the lineup who doesn’t deserve to come out of the lineup,” Maurice said on Friday in anticipation of a Bennett return. “Sam Bennett’s not watching games, if he’s ready to play, he’s playing.”



Projected Lines (If Bennett doesn’t play)

Tarasenko – Barkov – Reinhart 

Verhaeghe – Lundell – Tkachuk 

Luostarinen – Stenlund – Rodrigues 

Cousins – Lorentz – Okposo

 

Forsling – Ekblad

Mikkola – Montour

Ekman-Larsson – Kulikov

 

Bobrovsky 

Stolarz

 

Sam Bennett skated during line rushes with projected scratches Ryan Lomberg and Jonah Gadjovich today, per Jordan McPherson of the Miami Herald. 

 

If Bennett does play, expect centers Anton Lundell and Kevin Stenlund to both slide down a line, while Bennett takes over line 2 with Tkachuk and Verhaeghe. 

 

Friday’s drop is 7 p.m. ET at the TD Garden in Boston.