Officer Bobrovsky On The Case, Panthers Win Game 1

Jun 9, 2024

Sergei Bobrovsky put on a stellar performance in Game 1 of the 2024 Stanley Cup Final between the Florida Panthers and Edmonton Oilers. Stopping 32 saves for the Game 1 shutout, Bobrovsky’s sensational goaltending stole the show in Game 1, frustrating the Oilers’ offensive attack and providing the Panthers with an early series lead.

The Florida Panthers lead the Edmonton Oilers 2-0 after two periods in Game 1. Carter Verhaeghe opened the scoring for Florida just 3:59 into the game, roofing a shot past Stuart Skinner off a feed from Aleksander Barkov. Evan Rodrigues doubled the Panthers’ lead at 2:16 of the second period, finishing off a great forecheck by Sam Bennett and Matthew Tkachuk. Bobrovsky was stellar for the Panthers.

The story of the game was the play of Panthers goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky. Despite being outshot 25-12 through two periods, Bobrovsky has turned aside every Oilers chance to keep them off the board. He has made several spectacular saves, including denying breakaways by Mattias Janmark and Connor Brown in the second period. Oilers struggling defensively.

While generating plenty of offensive chances, the Oilers have struggled defensively in front of Skinner. The pairing of Darnell Nurse and Cody Ceci has been on the ice for both Panthers’ goals. Edmonton will need to tighten up in their end to get back in the game as the physicality continues to increase.

The game is starting to get chippy, with a scrum breaking out after the Oilers thought they had scored in the second period before the play was waived off. Four players – Connor Brown, Mattias Janmark, Oliver Ekman-Larsson and Kevin Stenlund – were assessed roughing minors on the play.With the Panthers protecting a 2-0 lead heading to the third, the physicality and intensity is likely to ramp up further as the Oilers desperately try to get on the board.

Edmonton continued to pour it on in the third period but once again, Officer Bobrovsky proved to be too much for the Edmonton Oilers as he made another 7 saves in the third period and Florida’s Eetu Luostarinen, shot the puck into the empty net with 5 seconds to go and Florida takes Game 1, 3-0.

So the Panthers strike first blood, taking a 1-0 series lead despite being outshot 32-18 in the game. Bobrovsky made 32 saves, including several remarkable stops, made the difference as Florida takes Game 1 by a score of 3-0.The series now shifts to Game 2 on Monday night in Sunrise. The Oilers will look to bounce back and even the series before it heads to Edmonton.

Griff Bordignon

Hi, my name is Griff and I'm a complete sports nut. I love to play sports, watch sports and most importantly bet on sports too. If I'm not watching or betting on sports, you can find me on the golf course, between the pipes as your average beer league goaltender. Although sports take up most of my life, I also love spending time with my two dogs, streaming usually a 90's Simpson's or attempting to read more books.

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