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2023 Stanley Cup Playoffs

Alex Lyon in Game 1 for Florida Panthers in Toronto? It Makes Sense



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Alex Lyon warms up for the Florida Panthers before Game 3 against the Boston Bruins in Sunrise last Friday night. // Photo by Roger Lee Photographer (561) 866-2000

Florida Panthers coach Paul Maurice did not announce a starting goalie for Game 1 against the host Toronto Maple Leafs, but Alex Lyon was the first off the ice following a morning skate Tuesday.

That usually indicates a team’s starter although the Panthers had Lyon come off first before in the Boston series and not play.

UPDATE: Bobrovsky gets the start.

While it would be a surprise start for Lyon, if Florida was going to put him in tonight, it sort of makes sense — and does not indicate Sergei Bobrovsky is being replaced as the team’s goalie.

For tonight, perhaps; not for the remainder of the series.

During the opening round series, Maurice consistently said he had two strong goalies he was comfortable in playing at any time.

Looking at the workload Bobrovsky has carried the past week, perhaps putting in a fresh and rested goalie — one with a strong recent history against the Maple Leafs makes sense.

Since Wednesday night, Bobrovsky has played three games in five days with two of them in Boston.

He faced 117 shots in those three games, two of which went to overtime.

Maurice talked about his team being gassed following the pressure-packed end of the opening series and a lot of that fell on Bobrovsky.

Lyon, meanwhile, went 1-0-1 in the final weeks against the Maple Leafs. His 38-save performance in place of Bobrovsky in Toronto on March 29 in a 3-2 overtime win likely saved Florida’s season.

He is not awed by the responsibility in front of him.

Lyon went 1-2 against the Bruins in the first round, getting the win (34 saves) in Game 2 in Boston. Bobrovsky replaced him in Game 3 and played from then on.

Stay tuned.

  • When: Tuesday, 7 p.m.
  • Where: Scotiabank Arena, Toronto 
  • TV/Streaming: ESPN, ESPN+
  • Radio: WPOW 96.5-FM2; WBZT 1230-AM (Palm Beach); WCTH 100.3-FM (Florida Keys); SiriusXM
  • Panthers Radio Streaming: SiriusXM 932
  • First Round Schedule — Game 1: Tuesday at Toronto, 7 (ESPN); Game 2: Thursday at Toronto, 7 (TNT); Game 3: Sunday at Florida, 6:30 (TBS); Game 4: Wednesday at Florida, 7 (ESPN); Game 5*:Friday, May 12 at Toronto (TNT); Game 6*: Sunday, May 14 at Florida (TBA); Game 7*: May 16 at Toronto (TNT). (*) – If Necessary
  • How They Got Here: Toronto d. Tampa Bay 4-2; Florida d. Boston 4-3
  • Season Series (Toronto won 3-1): Maple Leafs 5, @Panthers 4 OT (Jan. 17); @Maple Leafs 6, Panthers 2 (Mar. 23); Panthers 3, @Maple Leafs 2 OT (March 29); Maple Leafs 2, @Panthers 1 OT (April 10)
  • Last season: Florida won 2-1
  • All-time Regular Season Series: Toronto leads 48-36-7, 7 ties
  • Postseason History: First Meeting


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