Nobody gave the Panthers a chance to even advance past the first round this season. The team had to make a charge at the end of the season just to get the Eastern Conference’s final wild card spot. That earned them a matchup against a Bruins team that was coming off the greatest season in NHL history. While the Bruins took three of the first four games, the Panthers took the final three games to advance to the second round and secure the greatest upset in NHL playoff history.
Florida extended their win streak to six games as they would go on to take the first three from a good Toronto Maples Leafs team. They have been fantastic on offense, scoring four or more goals in four of their last six games. The attack has been led by Matthew Tkachuk (5 G, 10 A), and Carter Verhaeghe (4 G, 6 A) who lead the team in points. However, their scoring has been balanced with 13 different Panthers finding the back of the net this postseason.
Another big reason for their hot streak has been goalie Sergei Bobrovsky (6-1, 31.13 GA/G, 90.9% SV). After sitting the first three games, he has started every one since and leads all playoff goalies with six wins. It isn’t always pretty, but he has been good enough to win. Bobrovsky wasn’t great this season, so we will be watching closely to see if he can keep this level of play up as the Panthers continue to roll.