Five takeaways from Panthers win over Senators

After an unsuccessful two-game road trip, the Florida Panthers returned to winning ways at FLA Live Arena on Saturday afternoon in their first matchup of the season against the Ottawa Senators. 

 

Florida took this Atlantic Division tilt 5-3 and Matthew Tkachuk gets the bragging rights over brother Brady at tonight’s Tkachuk family dinner.

 

Here’s today’s takeaways. 

 

Barkov finally lights the lamp

The Panthers captain was goalless through the first eight games of the season.  

 

After a 2021-2022 campaign which saw Barkov net 39 goals in 67 games, it was a bit concerning to see a goose egg next to his name in the goal column. 

 

Barkov got the weight off his shoulders today against Ottawa with his first goal of the season. The icing on the cake was that the goal came on the power play, which has been a struggle for Florida this season.  

 

Time to turn your swag on

Soulja Boy was bumping a lot today in Sunrise with the amount of times Carter Verhaeghe found the back of the net. His goal song is “Turn My Swag On”. 

 

Before tonight, Verhaeghe last found the back of goal on Oct.19 against Philadelphia, where he scored twice. 

 

10 days later, he repeated that performance with another two-goal night. 

 

His first goal was a snipe from the slot that was placed right above the blocker of Anton Forsberg. His second was just as nice, beating Forsberg with a one-timer from the top of the circle. Verhaeghe might have one of the more underrated shots in the league, watch his goals tonight and you’ll see why. 

 

The Battle of the Tkachuk’s, Round 1 – Matthew

With Ottawa in town, two of the most entertaining personalties in the NHL took to the ice in Sunrise, Matthew and Brady Tkachuk.

 

This was the first matchup between the brothers since Matthew was traded to Florida in the offseason. It was a fun night for the family at FLA Live Arena, with the Tkachuk parents in attendance to see their sons faceoff. 

 

As for the goalscoring battle, Brady got the initial jump on Matthew in the second period when he buried a wrist shot past Spencer Knight to tie the game.

 

In the third period, Matthew looked as though he gave the Panthers 4-2 lead when he tucked away a loose puck into the Sens goal, however, the goal was waived off because the play was ruled to be offsides following an Ottawa coach’s challenge. 

 

Matthew was able to get the last laugh and a goal to his name with 13.4 seconds left in the game. Up one goal, staring at an empty Ottawa net, Anton Lundell had the chance to score. But, Lundell passed the puck to Matthew, giving him back the goal he thought he had earlier in the period. 

 

Matthew ended the night with three points and the bragging rights over Brady, at least until they meet again on March 27. 

 

Florida continues to pepper goalies

In Florida’s last game, they were on the wrong end of a 4-3 game. That was with the team having 51 shots on goal. What did they do tonight? They put 57 shots on Anton Forsberg… and one on an empty net. 

 

The average shots on goal on a given night in the NHL is in the 30’s range. The Panthers almost doubled that tonight. 

 

Florida led the league last season in shots per game with 37.34. It wouldn’t be surprising if they take the top spot again this year.

 

The new top line is clicking 

Florida’s top line now has Matthew Tkachuk on the wing in place of Sam Reinhart, who started the season on the first-line with Verhaeghe and Barkov. 

 

With Tkachuk on this line, the flow of the game for all parties involved has been seamless. 

 

Tonight, the trio combined for 9 points (one goal was on special teams) and they were generating chances all over the ice.

The lines have been in a bit of a blender nine games into the year, with every unit except the extremely consistent third line having players flip flopped through the lineup. 


Reinhart still hasn’t found the back of the net and Tkachuk is fitting nicely with Barkov and Verhaeghe, so I’d expect this line to stay the same for the time being.

Why BTC Casinos Are Latest Trend In Canadian Gambling Industry

Now that cryptos are taking over online transactions, most regulated online casinos consider cryptocurrency gambling options necessary. However, when it comes to crypto gambling sites, Canadians have a plethora of unique possibilities.

 

The rise of crypto gambling sites is one of the primary causes for the current increase of customers in the gambling business. Nevertheless, there has never been a more practical and secure way to engage in intriguing gaming activities than there is now. This innovation is a direct result of significant technological advancements and the willingness of the most reliable online casinos to adapt.

 

Furthermore, using a BTC casino offers quick transactions and great bonus promotions. In this article, we’ll discuss the variables making these cryptocurrency gambling sites popular with online bookmakers and how gamers like you may become involved.

Why Should You Gamble With Bitcoin?

 

In the world of online BTC gambling, there are several deposit possibilities. Depending on the mobile bookmaker, punters can finance an account using a bank transfer, credit card, e-wallet, prepaid card, or wire.

 

Cryptocurrency is becoming a more common deposit method (BTC). It has increased in popularity in the online gambling industry in recent years. First and foremost, with so many financial options available, you may be questioning why you even need Bitcoin. You may learn about the benefits of using cryptocurrency for Canadian online gambling and why BTC casinos are the newest trend in the Canadian gaming industry.

Low Payout Fees

 

Some banking options have exorbitant expenses that can wipe away your funds. For example, if you use Neteller to withdraw money, the platform will charge around 3% of the cashout amount. They are far worse because wire firms charge $35 for every withdrawal.

 

However, even cryptocurrency has certain costs. First, you must pay a little charge to the miner who processes your transaction. The key term here, though, is little. You usually pay 1% or less of the total value of the money exchanged. So if you withdraw $300 in Bitcoin, the costs will most likely be $3 or less.

Rapid Withdrawals

 

The banking option selected will decide the cashout time. For example, E-wallet withdrawals typically take 24 hours or less before completing your transactions. Furthermore, some bank transfers could take more than seven days before completion.

 

Nevertheless, BTC cashouts are often accessible sooner than most conventional banking operations. You will then receive your money within one to three working days. However, there isn’t a long waiting period before obtaining BTC incentives. 

Extra Benefits

 

The platform ensures coverage of minor changes such as deposit transaction fees. For example, they may reimburse the 3.5% Visa fee if you use a credit card. As a result, decreased crypto fees may help BTC gambling sites. In addition, they offer a variety of incentives to urge you to use this coin as much as possible.

 

Deposit bonuses are available at mobile casinos that only accept Bitcoin. For example, they may provide a 100% match bonus of up to 0.01 BTC. If you want to put in crypto gambles, check out the promotions section of your favorite BTC sportsbook. Additionally, several BTC bonuses may be available. 

Anonymity at a High Level

 

Depending on your personal preferences, you may not want online gambling transactions to appear on your credit card or e-wallet statements. Punters may find it difficult to obtain credit if anyone shares their information with outsiders.

 

In contrast to traditional banking, BTC provides far greater privacy. The platform will identify users through the use of wallet addresses. As a result, no one knows about your deposits or withdrawals from the online casino. BTC payments to and from anonymous addresses can only be seen by those who check them.

Easy Processing of Deposits

 

Some online gamblers shun cryptocurrency because they do not want to put up the effort of learning a new platform. However, they have no reservations about accepting widely accepted payment methods such as credit cards or e-wallets.

 

However, if you get the hang of it, using BTC isn’t much more complicated than using an e-wallet. This opportunity is especially true when punters consider how simple processes like Coinbase and Gemini make trading.

 

Create an account and use an exchange to begin learning how to use cryptocurrency. You then enter your banking information and send money to the business. After that, you can purchase BTC. Then you follow the simple instructions to send cryptocurrency to the required online gambling sites. You should consider building a wallet if you use the exchange primarily to send and receive cryptocurrency from a gambling website.

Wide Variety of Platform Options

 

Unregulated online gambling companies are increasingly using Bitcoin. Moreover, Peer-to-peer networks appeal to them because they allow them to communicate directly with clients. As a result, there are various cryptocurrency gambling sites. If you’re comfortable utilizing Bitcoin, you’ll have many more alternatives when finding a gambling site.

 

Some countries have substantial banking restrictions that make depositing money for gambling difficult. For example, living in certain Canadian provinces, you may find it challenging to place real money gambles. Once again, there is no connection between cryptocurrency and banks or third parties. As a result, you shouldn’t be concerned that laws will regulate BTC. 

Conclusion

 

The fundamental goals of cryptocurrency gambling platforms are entertainment and financial gain. But it would help if you did not second-guess how you make deposits and withdrawals. Gambling sites that accept BTC solve this problem, as BTC makes it straightforward to transfer money to and from gambling sites.

 

Moreover, it provides a peer-to-peer network in which miners support transactions rather than outside intermediaries. It also offers reasonable transaction speeds and low fees. If you’ve ever had difficulties making deposits with credit cards, e-wallets, and the costs that come with them, look into BTC gambling sites.

 

Five takeaways from Panthers 3-2 OT loss to Lightning

SUNRISE – The Battle of Florida returned on Friday night as the cross-state rival Tampa Bay Lightning made the journey to Sunrise to face off against the Florida Panthers.

 

These two teams have a lot of history over the last two seasons and tonight some new faces became acquainted with this fierce rivalry. 

 

Tampa came out the victors of this matchup, defeating Florida 3-2 in overtime off a Brayden Point power play goal.

 

Here’s tonight’s takeaways:

 

Matthew Tkachuk 

Matthew Tkachuk definitely had this one circled on his calendar. In his introductory press conference, he said, “I hate Edmonton, but I hate Tampa more now.” The former Calgary Flame is used to rivalries as he was a frequent noise maker in the Battle of Alberta.

 

In his first Battle of Florida, Tkachuk wasted no time stamping his name into the rivalry as he scored a tip-in off a Brandon Montour shot in the first period to tie the game at one a piece. This would be the first goal Tkachuk scored at home in a Panthers uniform.

 

Tkachuk got into the mix of it tonight with a few Lightning players, he even witnessed Corey Perry chuck his stick across the ice. Tkachuk was on the receiving end of some physicality too. He had two points tonight and continues to be the Panthers leading scorer.

 

Unfortunately for Tkachuk and the Panthers, he took two penalties in one play in the OT, granting Tampa a two-minute, 4-on-3 power play. As well as the Panthers PK did during regulation, going 5/6 on the kill before OT, Tampa didn’t let the extra frame head back to even-strength with Brayden Point beating Bobrovsky to win the game.

 

Rudy continues his goal streak

Rudolfs Balcers introduced himself to the Florida faithful on Wednesday night at the home opener when he scored his first goal with the Panthers against Philadelphia.

 

Tonight, Rudy extended his goal streak to two games with a huge goal in front of Andrei Vasilevskiy’s goal to give Florida the lead.

 

In his first year with the team, Balcers has played well alongside Matthew Tkachuk and Sam Bennett on the second line. 

 

After playing a career-high 61 games last season in San Jose, Balcers doesn’t look out of place in Florida’s top-six. 

 

Florida puts up shots, a lot of shots

Similar to last season’s team, this Panthers squad pushes the tempo in transition and picks up a ton of shots as a result. 

 

Over the last three games, Florida had at least 30 shots on goal. Tonight they continued that streak, hitting it before the third period puck-drop.

 

A big question around the league after the hiring of Paul Maurice was if Florida could sustain the high-octane offense they had the previous season under Andrew Brunette. 

 

Tonight was just another demonstration of the amount of chances Florida generates throughout the game. 

 

They ended the game with 38. 

 

A healthy Brandon Montour is big for Florida

Florida’s defense is already without their top defenseman in Aaron Ekblad for an extended period of time as he’s on LTIR. Prior to tonight, they were also without Brandon Montour for the last two games.

Florida was able to get Montour’s services back tonight and it was much needed. The 28-year-old had the most ice-time for the d-corps, clocking in just over 23 minutes.

 

Montour also picked up points on both of Florida’s goals tonight. He’s going to be relied on heavily this season, specifically during the absence of Ekblad. 

 

Montour didn’t play on the top power play unit tonight as he did to start the season, however he could be seeing time on that top unit again sooner than later. 

 

Too much time in the box

The Lightning power play has been a thorn to oppositions for years now and Florida is no stranger to this. Tampa’s first goal of the game was a power play one-timer from captain Steven Stamkos. Their last goal of the game was a powerplay goal from Brayden Point in OT.

 

The Lightning know how to work a power play. They waste no time moving the puck and use multiple players as bumpers, so the opposition has to respect all five guys on the ice. 

 

Florida’s PP did a good job at stopping Tampa’s PP onslaught in regulation after the Stamkos goal, but in these tight games, spending so much time in the box is a momentum killer for the most part and Florida looked like the better team 5-on-5.

 

Tampa retaining control on their 4-on-3 overtime PP gave them way too much open ice in the zone and it ended with Florida only picking up one point from this game.

Five takeaways from Panthers 4-3 win over Sabres

The Florida Panthers are leaving New York the same way they entered the state two days ago, undefeated.

 

Yes, the season started two days ago but the Cats still began the campaign with two road wins following their 4-3 victory over the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday afternoon. 

 

Spencer Knight picked up his first win of the season as the Panthers moved to 2-0 on the young NHL season.

 

Here’s the takeaways from today’s matinee game.

The power play scored, twice

Thursday’s game against the Islanders saw the new look Panthers power play get numerous scoring chances but no goals, going 0-5 on the night.

 

That changed today as the power play found the back of the net twice, with goals coming from defensemen Aaron Ekblad and Brandon Montour.

 

With the way Florida’s sets up their power play, it was bound to generate scoring chances off their quick passing and efficient off the puck movement within the zone. 

 

Having Montour control the top of the blueline allows Ekblad to freely move on the left side of the ice, which is his off-side wing. This opens up the opportunity for one-timers around the goal. 

 

Matthew Tkachuk hovers between the goal line and the crease, allowing him to be the bumper down low. Any time he is near the net, there’s bound to be some chaos, which is exactly what happened on Montour’s goal.

 

Tkachuk took open space near the net, fed the puck to the front and Montour found the loose puck and put it away.

 

This power play gets its fair share of looks and they didn’t waste their chances today. 

 

Matthew Tkachuk is living up to his trade value

For the second game in a row, Tkachuk found himself with a goal next to his name on the stat sheet.

 

He does so many little things right, with and without the puck. On his goal, he picked up the puck in the neutral zone and decided to use the small amount of space that was available on the boards to push the play rather than cutting into the middle. 

 

After making a great pass to set up Eetu Luostarinen in the slot, Tkachuk set up shop in front of the net as Gustav Forsling had a shooting lane from the point. Despite having two Sabres defenders and the goalie in his way, Tkachuk fought around the traffic to put away the rebound.

 

Sam Reinhart said a few weeks back, “I think he pisses you off because he’s good, he backs it up,” when speaking about Tkachuk. That quote was crystal clear today as he got into it more than a few times with the opposition, even after the final whistle was blown.

 

Between his offensive capabilities, physical play and ability to  draw penalties, he’s the perfect player for this team. He has three points on the year so far, expect that number to increase nearly every game. Also expect the post whistle fights to trend upwards as well.

 

The Lundell, Luostarinen, White line showed out again

This third line is an interesting one on paper. You have 21-year-old Anton Lundell, centering Eetu Luostarinen, who was moved to the wing after spending last year as the fourth line center and Colin White who was picked up in the offseason after being bought out by the Ottawa Senators.

 

Through two games, this trio haven’t looked out of place, with all of them getting on the scoresheet today.

 

Luostarinen’s increased ice time is allowing the skilled Finnish forward more chances to be a difference maker. He found the back of the net against the Islanders and he made a key pass to pick up a primary assist on Colin White’s goal today.

 

Speaking of White, the former 2015 first-round pick came to Florida looking for a fresh start after spending his entire NHL career with Ottawa. Today he not only got his first goal as a Panther, which was a nicely placed one-timer from the slot, but he also hit the 100 point milestone for his career.

 

Lundell was a standout last year in his rookie season and his sophomore year is off on the right track. Paul Maurice clearly trusts the youngster as he gets both penalty killing minutes and second unit power play time. He hit just over 17 minutes of ice time today and picked up his first point of the season. 

 

Both sides picked up A LOT of penalties 

If your favorite NHL trophy is the Lady Byng, this was not the game for you. 

 

The two sides combined for a total of 28 penalty minutes.

 

Buffalo had the edge on the undisciplined meter, picking up two more penalties than Florida.

 

The Panthers penalty kill was able to completely shut down the Sabres, as Buffalo wasn’t able to find the back of the net on the man advantage, even with an abbreviated 5-on-3 opportunity. 

 

Florida on the other hand didn’t let their numerous PP chances go down the drain as they picked up two power play goals.

 

The refs’ whistles were busy today in Buffalo.

 

Florida’s team defense locked it down in the third

Entering the third period, Florida’s lead was just one and Buffalo came out of the intermission with much needed momentum following Rasmus Dahlin’s last minute goal in the second.

 

The start of the third looked like it could all swing Buffalo’s way as they had an abbreviated 4-on-3 and 5-on-3 power play within the opening minutes. However, Florida locked it down. 

 

After killing off the penalties, Florida did not let a puck get near Spencer Knight for over 14 minutes. Buffalo got their first shot post power play with under two minutes remaining in the game and weren’t able to create any looks due to the Panthers defensive efforts. 

 

It was a huge team performance in the final period for Florida, they were rewarded with two points for their efforts.

Five takeaways from Panthers opening night win over Islanders

Panthers hockey returned tonight in Long Island, with Florida facing off against the New York Islanders in their first game of the 2022-2023 season.

 

Backstopped by a strong Sergei Bobrovsky performance, the Panthers spoiled the Islanders home opener with a 3-1 win at UBS Arena.

 

Five takeaways are back, here we go.

 

Matthew Tkachuk made his presence felt all over the ice

In his first game with the Panthers, Matthew Tkachuk showed flashes of why Florida traded for him.

 

On his first shift of the game, the 24-year-old forward displayed his flair, shooting the puck between his legs not once, but twice in front of goal on the power play.

 

Using his 6’2, 200 pound frame, Tkachuk planted himself in front of the Islanders net, generating numerous scoring chances near Ilya Sorokin’s crease.

 

His hockey IQ was prevalent all game long. Without the puck in the offensive zone, he put himself in danger areas, usually the slot. 

 

Tkachuk was just as dangerous carrying the offense in transition. In Calgary, there were countless times he walked in on the opposition and left them in the dust. He had more than a few of those chances tonight, with over 15 shot attempts in the game. 

 

Tkachuk’s efforts were rewarded as he put away an empty net goal in the final minutes of the game, giving him his first as a Panther.

 

The new look power play had its chances, but didn’t capitalize

With the start of a new season, new systems were implemented by Paul Maurice and his coaching staff. One of those was the Panthers’ power play.

 

In the playoffs last season, Florida was anything but good on the man advantage, going 1-31 in 10 games. 

 

Last year, the Panthers often ran four forwards and one defenseman, sometimes even using a five forward setup. In game 1 this season, Florida’s power play featured a three forward, two defenseman setup. 

 

With the acquisition of Tkachuk, Florida opted to use him down low on the PP, hovering him between the goal line and the front of the net. The fluidity of the power play seemed to be there with Florida using Tkachuk as the bumper while Aaron Ekblad and Aleksander Barkov set up shop on the boards. 

 

The Panthers had plenty of zone time on the power play, with a plethora of chances at goal, but the puck didn’t find the back of the net as Florida went 0-5 with the extra man.

 

Sergei Bobrovsky had a great outing in his first start of the season

Good goaltending will keep you in games and that’s what Sergei Bobrovsky did for Florida tonight. 

 

The Panthers had a few defensive slip ups in their own zone, specifically in the opening period, giving the Islanders some golden scoring opportunities. 

 

Bobrovsky didn’t let the onslaught of Islanders chances deter him as he stood tall, keeping out all 17 shots he faced in the first. 

 

The Islanders didn’t beat Bobrovsky until they got on the power play in the third period. Anders Lee had a nice screen in front of goal, leaving Bob without vision of the puck. Noah Dobson finished the job.

 

After giving up one, the rest of the night he was lights out. The Islanders continued their flurries of attacks but the Panthers goalie kept the door closed, only giving up the one short handed goal. 

 

Bob finished the night with 32 saves.

 

Eetu Luostarinen gets his shot in the top 9 and capitalized

Luostarinen got the bump to start the year as Paul Maurice moved the Finn onto the third line with his fellow countryman Anton Lundell.  This pair was also a line on the penalty kill.

 

Last year, Eetu grabbed his spot in the roster but most of that even-strength ice time was as the fourth line center. Tonight, rather than being the bottom line middle man, Luostarinen was put on the wing higher in the lineup. 

 

Maurice’s decision paid off as Luostarinen scored the first Panthers goal of the season, off of a beautiful tip from Radko Gudas’ point shot.

 

The 2022-2023 second line has potential

For a good portion of last season, Florida’s second line consisted of Anthony Duclair, Sam Bennett and Jonathan Huberdeau. With Duclair on the IR and Huberdeau now a Calgary Flame as part of the Matthew Tkachuk trade, the former  ‘9-1-1’ second line is a thing of the past.

 

To open the season, the second line saw Sam Bennett center two new Panthers in Tkachuk and Rudolfs Balcers. 

 

While last year’s line 2 was speed and craftiness, this line screamed grit and physicality.

 

Paul Maurice emphasized winning the board battles when we spoke to him at training camp. This line was doing just that in the offensive zone. 

 

We already knew going into the game what Tkachuk and Bennett were capable of, the question was how Balcers would do with a top 6 role. He didn’t seem out of place in his first game with the team.

 

This line may not stick together the whole season, but it looked good tonight.

Florida Panthers agree to three-year contract extension with Spencer Knight

The Florida Panthers lock up goaltender Spencer Knight for three more years.

 

The team announced on Tuesday that they agreed to a three-year contract extension with the 21-year-old, keeping him in Sunrise until the 2025-2026 season. The contract kicks in during the 2023-2024 season. 

 

The deal reportedly carries a $4.5M AAV, per Chris Johnston.

 

The Panthers 2019 first-round pick posted a 19-9-3 record, .908 save percentage and a 2.79 goals against average in 32 games in 2021-2022. 

 

Panthers General Manager Bill Zito spoke on the extension: 

 

“Spencer is a phenomenal goaltender, as well as an exceptional athlete and person,” said Zito. “He has thrived in his professional career, dedicating himself to his training through his first two seasons with our organization. With this extension, we are excited about the present and future of Panthers goaltending.”

 

The Panthers will have goalies Sergei Bobrovsky and Knight under contract until the 2025-2026 season.

What You Should Know About Online Gambling in Norway

Whether online or offline, gambling is a popular hobby among different people across the world. But, there are some things you should know before beginning your gambling adventure in your residing state or state where you are traveling. First, you must review the gambling laws to ensure that you are not in contravention of any rules.

If you are a regular online gambler traveling to Norway and residing there, you review the gambling laws in this North European country. Luckily, we have compiled this detailed guide about online betting in Norway to simplify this jurisdiction’s often misunderstood gambling rules. So, let us look at everything you need to know about online Norway Casinos. 

History of Norway Casino Online

Gambling in Norway has been legal since 1902. Its main gambling law being the 1992 Gaming Scheme Act. The state has the strictest gambling rules in the European region. For one, the entire gambling industry in Norway is under the Government. It has two gambling monopolies, which are:

  • Norsk Rikstoto for horse racing 
  • Norsk Tipping AS for casino games, sports betting, scratch cards, lotteries, and instant games

Take note that there is an exception to this rule. Non-profit organizations with a social benefit or humanitarian purpose can get a charity gambling license. But, it is illegal for private corporations. 

Online gambling is also legal in Norway. But, the Government outlawed gambling on offshore gambling sites in 2008. Later, the Government went further ahead to ban credit and debit cards to offshore sites. But, it does not enforce these prohibitions to date. As a result, many Norwegian players prefer gambling on these offshore sites. Furthermore, there is a wider game variety, more attractive bonus offers and promotions, and many other perks.

The Current Norwegian Online Gambling Market

As mentioned earlier, the Government controls betting in Norway. But since the two state-owned monopolies do not meet the needs of their players, most of them resort to gambling on foreign sites. With so many options, these gamers must find the best new casino that offers their favorite online game. Luckily, several websites can help you review and compare different websites, helping you select the most suitable one with the best games. 

These professional sites will help you lok through various factors to ensure that you make the best decision for your gambling needs. Some of the factors they consider include licensing and leaglity, bonuses and promotions, available games, customer support functionality, safety, and mobile compatibility, among many others.

As a matter of fact, many legit foreign gambling sites have accepted Norwegian players with open arms due to their love of online gambling. Many of these sites even accept Krones as the main currency and offer their games in Norwegian.

Slots Are the Most Popular Online Casino Games in Norway

Despite being the most common casino game in Norway, slots have a fascinating history in this country. At first, these machines fell under the 1995 Lotteries Act category, which only permitted those with Charity gambling licenses to operate them. As a result, the revenue from these machines grew from kr200 million in 1990 to kr26 billion in 2004, a 64% gross turnover. 

Later, in 2007, the Norwegian Government banned slot machines in the country due to the rise of problem gambling among its residents. But, they were later re-introduced in the state as interactive video terminals (IVT) under the surveillance of Norsk Tipping. Note that these games are unlike the regular slots in the UK or Las Vegas. This slot version requires a specific card to play them, and players must make wagers using a prepaid card and set pay-outs and limits. 

However, those who prefer playing on regular slots can access them via offshore gambling sites, despite being illegal in Norway. Statistics show that the Government does not enforce the prohibitions listed in its laws, allowing Norwegian gamblers to enjoy real money slots. 

Payment to International Gambling Sites

As we had mentioned earlier, a 2017 Norwegian Gambling Legislation prohibited its banks from authorizing payments to specific accounts in the offshore gambling business. Many of the operators with these numbers responded by changing their account numbers, curtailing the Government’s efforts to prohibit its residents from gambling on international sites.

As a result, new legislation proposes that banks block accounts after assessing their identity and dealings instead of merely securing account numbers. This will ensure unauthorized companies do not find their way around the law.

That is not to say that Norwegian players cannot fund their player accounts on offshore sites. However, the law will make many payment options inaccessible to Norwegian players, forcing them to use a licensed online casino Norway.

Conclusion

Although online gambling in Norway is subject to many rules and limitations, you can still play your favorite online games at a Norway casino. Whether you opt for an offshore site or a state-owned operator, you are sure to enjoy your online gambling adventure in Norway.

5 Takeaways from Panthers Game 2 loss to Lightning

SUNRISE –  Facing a 0-1 series deficit, the Florida Panthers were back on home ice Thursday night, trying to even the series before the two-game trip in Tampa. 

 

What was a close game for most of the night ended in heartbreak for Florida as Tampa scored the game-winning goal with 3.8 seconds left in regulation. Tampa would take this one 2-1.

 

Florida goes to Tampa down 0-2 in the series and truly have an uphill battle waiting for them if they want to advance in this postseason.

 

Onto the takeaways.

 

The Lightning power play strikes again

Game 1 was a nightmare for Panthers’ fans, especially if there was a Lightning power play involved. Tampa went 3/6 on the PP in Game 1.

 

In Game 2, Tampa wasted no time getting back into the power play groove. With the game scoreless, Brandon Montour was sent to the box for hooking Ross Colton of the Lightning. 

 

Less than a minute into the power play, Corey Perry scored his second PP goal of the series after deflecting a Steven Stamkos shot past Sergei Bobrovsky. 

 

Through two periods, that power play goal was the only time Tampa saw the back of the net. They’ve actually scored more goals on the power play this series than when they are even strength (Two even strength, four power plays). 

 

But in a close game like tonight, that one power play goal was enough to be the difference. Tampa took advantage of at least one power play opportunity tonight, Florida didn’t.

Luostarinien and Forsling  didn’t let yesterday’s World Championship result get in the way of their tying goal

When Sweden and Finland faced off yesterday in the 2022 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship, the Swedes bested the Finns in a shootout. 

 

For supporters of both countries, they’d be happy to know that Florida’s tying goal was set up by a Swede, Gustav Forsling, and finished by a Finn, Eetu Luostarinen.

 

Enough about the friendly international hockey rivalry, it was a great two-man play by the pair.

 

Forsling led the rush into the Lightning zone and dropped the puck off for Luostarinen, who was waiting atop the blueline.

 

Lusotarinen leaned into a slapshot and it found its way underneath the body of Andrei Vasilevskiy, tying the game at 1.

 

This was a great setup and nice finish, however, it would be the only time Florida found the back of the net all night. 

 

Let me write about the power play… again

Yes we are going to talk about it. The power play struck out again tonight, going 0/4 on the man advantage.

 

Florida is now 0/7 in the series and 0/25 in the playoffs through eight games. 

 

The worst part about tonight’s power play was the fact that Florida had an opportunity to take the lead with under three minutes to go in the game. Instead, Florida failed to convert on their fourth power play of the night and Tampa would make them pay minutes later, winning the game with 3.8 seconds left off a Ross Colton goal.

 

I said in the pregame show, if Florida doesn’t score on the power play, they are going to lose the series. Well, they are two games down, lost both games on home ice,  and are still goalless on the power play. 

10 seconds is all it takes…

With just seconds remaining in the third, overtime was looming in Sunrise. 

 

The Lightning just killed off another Panthers power play but the crowd was still energetic for what seemed to be another Panthers OT appearance. 

 

Tampa had possession in Florida’s zone with 10 seconds left in the third. Lightning forward Nikita Kucheerov was with the puck behind the Florida net when Gustav Forsling approached him from the right side. His D partner MacKenzie Weegar simultaneously approached Kucerhov from the left, leaving the front of goal unaccounted for. 

 

Kucherov slipped a behind the back pass to Ross Colton who was in alone of Sergei Bobrovsky. 

 

Colton fired the puck over Bobrovsky, giving the Lightning a 2-1 lead with 3.8 seconds left in the game. 

 

This goal would be the game winner, giving Tampa a 2-0 series lead.

Two series against Tampa, back-to-back 0-2 deficits

Last season Tampa came into Sunrise and made their presence felt, taking Florida’s first two home games of the playoffs from them. 

 

This year, the same exact thing happened. Florida being the higher seed had home ice advantage. Well, it was supposed to be an advantage before they lost both home games in round 2, going down 0-2 in the series. 

 

Looking back to last year, Ryan Lomberg and his OT heroics in Game 3 kept the Panthers in the series after they were down 0-2 on the road. Now the Panthers are in the same situation down two games heading to the defending champions barn. 

 

This team has shown all season that they can do the unthinkable, whether its comeback wins, or not scoring on the power play but winning a series. But this will be the most difficult task to date, trying to steal games from the back-to-back champions in their home arena. 

 

Game 3 is Sunday and Game 4 is Monday. Yes, a back-to-back in a playoff series.

Florida Panthers win first playoff series since 1996, defeat Washington Capitals in six games

The Florida Panthers finished off their first-round playoff series on the road in Game 6 on Friday night, defeating the Washington Capitals 4-3 in overtime after Carter Verhaeghe scored his second OT winner of the postseason.

 

After trailing 2-1 in the series, Florida rallied back to win three straight games, all being comeback wins, taking down Washington in six games.

 

This is Florida’s first series win since their run to the Stanley Cup Final in 1996, when they beat the Pittsburgh Penguins in the Conference Finals. That was on June 1, 1996.

 

This series win breaks the longest postseason series win drought in the NHL, with Florida not winning a series in nearly 26 years.

 

Florida now awaits the winner of the Tampa Toronto series, which is set to conclude tomorrow as the two teams will face off in a Game 7.

 

The Panthers, who finished the regular season with the best record in the NHL, will have home ice for the second-round, with Games 1-2 being at FLA Live Arena in Sunrise

 

Dates for the second-round are yet to be announced.

5 Takeaways from Panthers 4-3 OT win in Game 6 over Capitals

The Florida Panthers held a 3-2 series lead entering enemy territory tonight in Washington, DC.

Sixty minutes wasn’t enough for this back and forth Game 6; the two sides went to overtime for the second time in the series. 

 

Despite giving up a late goal in the third period, the Panthers won 4-3  in overtime from a goal by… you guessed it, Carter Verhaeghe.      

 

Florida is moving onto the second round and will face the winner of tomorrow night’s Tampa Toronto Game 7.

 

Onto the takeaways.

Florida continues to play from behind 

In four of the six games this series, Washington scored the first goal of the game.

 

Now, the Panthers are no strangers to giving up the first goal or playing from behind, they’ve proven to recover well this series and all season while facing a deficit. They lead the league with 29 comeback wins, with Game 5 being their sixth three-goal comeback (regular season and playoffs).

 

Two of their three wins in the series heading into Game 6 came after giving up the first goal of the game, now it’s three out of four.

 

Tonight, once again they gave up the first goal of the game. They were able to tie it at 1-1 but the Capitals broke the deadlock again, making it a 2-1 game early in the third.

 

Florida was able to get a result once again after being down twice tonight and they didn’t let a late Washington goal bring them down.

 

The Cardiac Cats don’t make it easy on themselves having to play from behind.

Carter Verhaeghe, Panthers legend

Carter Verhaeghe, what can we say about number 23.

 

After being a game time decision, he got the green light for Game 6 and boy did he deliver.

 

He had five points last game, he won Game 4 in overtime and he did it again tonight, getting the OT winner to send the Cats to the second round.

 

Verhaeghe had 12 points in round one, he was the best player on the ice all series, for both teams.

 

Remember the name, Carter Verhaeghe.

The power play woes continue 

Florida’s powerplay entered the game 0-16 in the series. They finished the series 0-18. 

 

They are the only team in the 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs to not score at least once on the power play. All other 15 teams have at least two goals on the power play. 

 

The Cats only had two chances on the power play tonight, striking out on both. 

 

Washington’s penalty killers didn’t have to do much short handed. Even with extended zone time on the PP for Florida, most of the puck movement was to the outside of the circles. The Capitals didn’t have to break their box PK setup since there was rarely any movement between the hash marks by the Panthers. 

 

It’s extremely impressive the Panthers won a series without scoring once on the power play.

Next man up, activate the Lomberghini  

Anthony Duclair has struggled this postseason, not recording a single goal through the first five games of the series. 

 

As a result, he watched the game from the press box tonight as Ryan Lomberg jumped into the lineup. 

 

Lomberg hasn’t appeared in a playoff game since Game 1, being a healthy scratch in the last four. 

 

The Lomberghini didn’t waste his opportunity to shine after getting the nod in Game 6. 

 

With the Panthers being down 1-0 early in the second, the Cats got a jump off the rush and fired a shot off the pad of Ilya Samsonov. Lomberg crashed the net hard and fired the rebound past the Capitals goalie, tying the game up. 

 

He got his chance and capitalized.

 

Ekblad and Chiarot battle through early injury scares 

The Panthers started the game with six defenseman and finished with six, however, there was a time in the first period where they only had four defenseman (two on ice, two on the bench) after a pair of injury scares to their top pair. 

 

On the first shift of the game, Aaron Ekblad got run to the ice by Capitals’ captain Alex Ovechkin. Ekblad appeared to fall on his backside from the hit, he hobbled to the locker room after that. 

 

Later in the period, Ben Chiarot was taken into the boards by Garnet Hathaway; both players fell to the ice, with Hathaway landing on top of Chiarot’s leg. 

 

Both defenseman went to the dressing room at the end of the first period, leaving Panthers fans worried about the amount of healthy defenseman they’d have ready by the end of the intermission.  

 

Thankfully for Florida, both guys were back on the ice in the second and whatever was bothering them didn’t seem to affect their play. Ekblad was able to set up Claude Giroux for the 2-2 tying goal in the third period, getting the primary assist.

 

FINAL TAKEAWAY: Second round here they come.