It is a big day for South Florida sports fans: Not only are the Miami Heat opening up its playoff series with the Knicks, but we have a Game 7 in Boston as the Panthers visit the Bruins.
Thankfully these games are not competing against each other as is too often the case.
The Heat kick off at Madison Square Garden today at 1 on ABC; the Panthers are at the other Garden on TNT and Bally Sports at 6:30.
A lot is going on locally, but around the NHL, things are popping.
Not only do we have a Game 7 in Boston, but the winner will get the Toronto Maple Leafs. That’s right, the Leafs finally won a first-round series.
And, the Lightning are done.
For the first time since 2019, we will have a Stanley Cup Final without the Bolts.
FLORIDA HOCKEY NOW
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— Sasha Barkov and Matthew Tkachuk may have garnered the headlines after the Panthers won Game 6 on Friday night, it was some unsung heroes who helped get it done. We introduce you to them.
— The Panthers do not have a lot of experience in Game 7s. Will it matter?
— The Panthers are sticking with Sergei Bobrovsky in net. Do the Bruins make a change?
— Eetu Luostarinen is turning into a star right before our eyes.
— Sasha Barkov told FHN he was ready for Game 6 and, well, he was.
— Ryan Lomberg has a hand injury and is out indefinitely.
— The Charlotte Checkers are in big trouble in their second-round playoff series. Hershey is up 2-0 with the next three games of the series in the home of the chocolate bar.
— A lot of video from the past few days is up on the FHN YouTube Channel including Game 6 postgame reaction from Paul Maurice, Sergei Bobrovsky, Zac Dalpe, Sasha Barkov and Anthony Duclair. There is also pre-flight comments from Matthew Tkachuk and Maurice as well.
Also some FRESH video from Maurice, Barkov and Eric Staal from today’s morning skate in Boston up on the YouTube Channel now.
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The Toronto Maple Leafs finally got over the first-round hump by beating the Lightning in Game 6 on Saturday night.
Are the Leafs a dangerous team moving forward? They think so.
— If the Boston Bruins are going to take out the Panthers tonight, some things are going to have to change.
— The Los Angeles Kings see their season come to a close with a Game 6 loss to the Oilers.
— The Vegas Golden Knights will not have as easy time with Edmonton as they did in Round 1 against Winnipeg.
— The New York Rangers force a Game 7 as they snap their losing streak against the Devils.
FLORIDA PANTHERS ON DECK
STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS, ROUND 1
BOSTON BRUINS (ATL1) VS. FLORIDA PANTHERS (WC2)
GAME 7 (Series Tied 3-3)
- When: Sunday, 6:30 p.m.
- Where: Boston Garden
- TV/Streaming: Bally Sports Florida, TNT
- 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: @Boston 3, Florida 1; Game 2: Florida 6, @Boston 3; Game 3: Boston 4, @Florida 2; Game 4: Boston 6, @Florida 2; Game 5: Florida 4, @Boston 3 (OT); Game 6: @Florida 7, Boston 5; Game 7: at Boston, Sunday, 6:30 (BSF, TNT).
- Up Next: Eastern Conference Semifinals vs. Toronto Maple Leafs
- Regular Season Series (Tied 2-2): @Boston 5, Florida 3 (Oct. 17); @Florida 5, Boston 2 (Nov. 23); @Boston 7, Florida 3 (Dec. 19); @Florida 4, Boston 3 OT (Jan. 28)
- Last Season: Boston won 2-1
- All-time Regular Season Series: Boston leads 60-38-6, 6 ties
- Playoff History (Florida leads 1-0): Panthers 4-1, 1996 (first round)