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Bobrovsky Continues Amazing Play With 1-0 Win Over Hurricanes
Former Flyers goalie Sergei Bobrovsky stopped every shot thrown at him Monday night by the Carolina Hurricanes.
He was peppered with shots from every conceivable angle. He stopped them all under the enormous pressure of knowing that a victory would give the Panthers a 3-0 stranglehold on the Eastern Conference final series. And that a loss would put the Hurricanes right back in the series.
And, as he has done throughout his amazing playoff run, Bobrovsky was the winning goaltender.
Bobrovsky shut out the Hurricanes, 1-0. Sam Reinhart scored the only goal for the Panthers, who barely qualified for the playoffs and are now one victory away from the Stanley Cup finals.
For the first time in five conference final games, the outcome was determined in regulation time.
The victory was Bobrovsky’s first career shutout. He made 32 saves. He is 10-1 in his last 11 playoff starts. He has stopped 109 of the last 110 shots he has faced.
“We’re happy with the ‘W,’ we’re happy with the win, but the next game is going to be a big game,” Bobrovsky told reporters after the game.
The Hurricanes were the favorites coming into the series but have been frustrated by Bobrovsky.
“We can’t do much more,” Hurricanes coach Rod Brind’Amour said. “We like how we’re playing, clearly. It’s just, we’ve got to find a way to put one in.”
According to the Associated Press, this is the 205th time an NHL team has taken a 3-0 series lead. Two-hundred teams went on to win the series. The Panthers are 2-0 when taking the first three games of a series. The Hurricanes are 0-5 after losing the first three games.
The Panthers are one of two amazing stories happening in South Florida. The Miami Heat are one game away from advancing to the NBA Finals, holding a 3-0 series lead over the Boston Celtics.
PGA Championship winner Brooks Koepka, who lives in South Florida, told reporters he would celebrate his fifth major win by watching the Panthers on Monday night.
“I would say [Monday] with the Panthers game, it will probably be a large tailgate. A large, long afternoon,” Koepka said.
Koepka, wearing a Panthers jersey, brought the Wanamaker Cup to the game, as the fans roared their approval. The fans had a lot to cheer about all night.
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