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2024 Stanley Cup Playoffs

Tkachuk, Swayman Get Feisty Again as Panthers Beat Bruins (Again)

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Matthew Tkachuk and Jeremy Swayman scuffle during the second period of Game 1 on Monday night in Sunrise. The two got into it again on Sunday in Game 4. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

There have been plenty of sidebars between the Florida Panthers and Boston Bruins in this second-round playoff series.

Matthew Tkachuk and Jeremy Swayman has been bubbling since it started.

The Boston goalie and the Florida agitator have been going at it with one another since Game 1 of this series when Swayman took a whack at Tkachuk as he skated by the cage.

Swayman was also caught slashing Sam Reinhart as he passed by at the end of the second period in Game 3.

In the first period Sunday, not long after Pat Maroon offered a blanket invitation to anyone in a white Florida sweater for a dance, Swayman and Tkachuk mixed it up again.

As he did with Reinhart on Friday night, Swayman swung his stick into Tkachuk’s midsection as he skated by.

Tkachuk returned the favor.

Swayman then gave Tkachuk the old ‘come on’ move with his glove.

Tkachuk did not ‘come on.’

Perhaps Tuesday night in Sunrise, he will.

Of course, Linus Ullmark could be in net for the Bruins in Game 5.

“Not too many goalies are as active with the stick like the slashes, the extra stuff after,” Tkachuk told Hockey Night in Canada following the game.

“I probably should just stay away from that, try to put the puck on it and try and get some wins here. Got to focus on the task at hand, and that’s one more win.”

Florida won 3-2 on Sunday night, taking a commanding 3-1 series lead.

Boston, of course, had a 3-1 series lead against the Panthers last year in the first round before Tkachuk helped his team rally for a Game 5 win in Boston before winning the series in 7.

The Panthers are 3-0 when leading 3-1 in a playoff series; Boston is 0-25 when trailing 3-1.

For the most in-depth coverage of the Florida Panthers:

STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS
EASTERN CONFERENCE SEMIFINALS
FLORIDA PANTHERS (ATL1) V. BOSTON BRUINS (ATL2)
FLORIDA LEADS BEST-OF-7 SERIES 3-1
GAME 5

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Kevin Hawkey

I am so sick of the narrative that is being pushed that the Panthers especially Bennett are dirty and somehow don’t deserve the success so far in the playoffs. I watch every second of every Panther game, playoffs included. The Boston Bruins have taken liberty with shots to our players at will. I’m mindful of Rodriguez against the glass with #11 hitting him repeatedly with his forearm to the back of Rodriguez head. No calls. How about the cross checks against our team all game long. Referees don’t call it. Very selective! So get over it. Marchand came out AFTER… Read more »

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Tom

Thank you!!! Finally, someone with some common sense. Hockey isn’t played in slow motion…. you can slow down a video of anything and see whatever it is you want to see. Let’s Go Panthers!!!!

Duke del Valle

Well said. Hopefully the Cats close the Bruins out at home tomorrow night. The Canes finally decided to wake up and put 4 on the Rangers in the third period to extend their series.

Go Cats.

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