In this sixth duel, the domestic capital led the Panthers 1-0 and 2: 1 – and yet could not force the hoped -for game. Florida once more lived up to his reputation as a comeback team (29 victories after deficiency in the regular season).
First, T.J. sent Oshie with his overpaid goal in the 59th minute the game in the US capital still in overtime. And there it was top scorer Carter Veraeghe who came to an end after almost three minutes with the goal to 4: 3.
The top -best team of the Regular Season and thus winners of the Presidents’ Trophy thus ended a dry spell of 26 years. The Florida Panthers in 1996 had survived a play-off series in 1996.
against Tampa Bay or Toronto
Florida now meets either Interstate Rival and defending champion Tampa Bay Lightning or the Toronto Maple Leafs. In this crackling series it is currently 3: 3, the decision is made this Saturday.
In the series between the Dallas Stars and the Calgary Flames as well as the Pittsburgh Penguins and the New York Rangers, it is also 3: 3 after the games on Saturday night and seventh duels are necessary. The “Broadway Blueshirts” won 5: 3 at the Penguins, the stars prevailed 4-2 at home. The Austrian Michael Raffl scored his second goal in these play-offs.