2023 Stanley Cup Playoffs
Florida Panthers Headed to Toronto, Dates for Games 1 & 2 Set
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The Florida Panthers packed as if they were going away for a long road trip when they left South Florida for Game 7 in Boston. They are headed to Toronto.
On Monday morning, the NHL announced that the Eastern Conference semifinals between the Panthers and Maple Leafs will open in Toronto on Tuesday night.
Game 1 will be at 7 p.m. on ESPN; Game 2 will also be on Thursday at 7 on TNT.
Rumor has it Game 3 in Sunrise will be Saturday for the Hockey Night in Canada.
Florida stunned the Bruins by rallying from a 3-1 series deficit in winning the final three games of the series to advance.
On Sunday, the Panthers got a second goal from Brandon Montour with 59.3 seconds left to force overtime where Carter Verhaeghe won it 4-3.
Toronto won its first opening-round series since 2004 on Saturday night when the Maple Leafs beat the host Tampa Bay Lighting 2-1 in overtime.
This will be the first postseason meeting between the two teams.
Florida lost three of four games against the Maple Leafs this season — although its 3-2 overtime win in Toronto on April 10 may have saved its season.
FLORIDA PANTHERS ON DECK
STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS
EASTERN CONFERENCE SEMIFINALS
TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS (ATL2) VS. FLORIDA PANTHERS (WC2)
- 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); Remainder of Schedule: TBA
- 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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Man I just can’t help but think we are a team of destiny, our biggest hurdle, the unbeatable bruins, we got over, our long time nemesis, the Tampa Bay bolts are lacing up their golf shoes, the defending Stanley cup champs are going to be watching from their couch I don’t know, it just has this feeling like it’s our year. Don’t get me wrong I know it’s a very long way to go and there are some tremendous teams out there, Carolina Dallas and Toronto come to mind, but looking at the teams that are left we are every… Read more »
Pretty sure game 3 will be Saturday night. The NHL will want the Leafs on HNIC.
The Bruins had a great year but they were talked about like the late 70s Montreal teams. I am so happy they got beat,tired of listening to the Bergeron & Marchand last dance feel good story.