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2024 Stanley Cup Final

Sasha Barkov Is Back with the Florida Panthers



Florida Panthers captain Sasha Barkov is assisted off the ice by teammates after he was injured during the third period of Game 2 on Monday night. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

FORT LAUDERDALE — The Florida Panthers had captain Sasha Barkov on the ice for their final skate at home before boarding their flight to Edmonton on Wednesday morning.

The Panthers visit the Edmonton Oilers in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final on Thursday at 8.

Florida holds a 2-0 lead in the best-of-7 series.

Barkov did not talk to the media on Wednesday and coach Paul Maurice would not say confirm he would play in Game 3.

“He got through the skate, felt better today,” Florida coach Paul Maurice said after practice. “He got through the skate today as far as I know. I haven’t checked.

“We will get him on a plane, get him off a plane, get him on the ice and make a decision where he’s at tomorrow. But he looked good today.”

Barkov was knocked out of Florida’s 4-1 win on Monday night after taking an elbow to the jaw from Leon Draisaitl.

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Draisaitl was given a 2-minute roughing penalty — with Evan Rodrigues scoring on the power play — but no suspension nor fine was handed out.

Barkov was assumed to be in concussion protocol before skating out onto the ice Wednesday morning.

“He left [the game], he had some things that needed to be looked at today, so there’s nothing sinister there,’’ coach Maurice said on Tuesday’s off day.

“He kind of passed that, feels good. But you got to give it another 24 hours to make sure he is still feeling strong and affective. If he continues to progress, he would be a player for us.’’


For More FHN Coverage of the Florida Panthers:

Panthers Lead Best of 7 Series 2-0
  • When: Thursday, 8 p.m.
  • Where: Rogers Place; Edmonton, Alberta
  • National TV: ABC
  • Streaming: ESPN+/Hulu
  • Radio: WQAM 560-AM; WPOW 96.5-FM2; WBZT 1230-AM (West Palm Beach); WCTH 100.3-FM (Florida Keys); WCZR 101.7-FM (Treasure Coast); SiriusXM
  • Panthers Radio Streaming: SiriusXM 932, NHL app
  • Series Schedule, All Games 8 p.m. on ABC — Game 1: @Florida 3, Edmonton 0; Game 2: @Florida 4, Edmonton 1; Game 3: Florida at Edmonton, Thursday; Game 4:Florida at Edmonton, Saturday June 15; Game 5*: Edmonton at Florida, Tuesday June 18; Game 6*:Florida at Edmonton, Friday June 21; Game 7*: Edmonton at Florida, Monday June 24. (*) – If Necessary
  • How They Got Here — Florida: d. Tampa Bay 4-1, Boston 4-2, New York Rangers 4-2; Edmonton: d. Los Angeles 4-1, Vancouver 4-3, Dallas 4-2.
  • This Season (Florida Won 2-0) — At Florida: Panthers 5, Oilers 3 (Nov. 20). At Edmonton: Panthers 5, Oilers 2 (Dec. 17).
  • Last Season: Edmonton Won 2-0
  • All-time Regular Season Series: Oilers lead 23-16-0, 3 ties
  • Postseason History: First Meeting

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