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Rookie Sensation Leads Bruins to Big Playoff Win Over Panthers



Boston Bruins goaltenders Jeremy Swayman, left, Linus Ullmark celebrate after the Bruins beat the Florida Panthers 5-1 in Game 1 of the second-round series of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, Monday, May 6, 2024, in Sunrise, Fla.

The Florida Panthers hadn’t played in a week, having beaten the Lightning in the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs in five games. Meanwhile, the Boston Bruins were still recovering from a tough seven game series against the Maple Leafs on Saturday. But an artist who could not recover her died last night.

Despite the Florida Panthers enjoying a week long break after their convincing victory over the Lightning in the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs. Their momentum seemed to falter as they faced the Boston Bruins in Game 1 of the second round. The Bruins, coming off a hard-fought seven-game series against the Maple Leafs, were determined to capitalize on their recent success.

The Panthers started the game with enthusiasm, hoping to build on their previous triumphs. However, as the game progressed, the Bruins gradually took control. With a surge of energy late in the second period proving to be the turning point. In a matter of minutes, the Bruins scored three goals, shifting the momentum firmly in their favor.

Despite their best efforts, the Panthers struggled to regain their footing, facing relentless pressure from the Bruins’ offense and solid defensive play. As the final buzzer sounded, the Bruins emerged victorious with a commanding 5-1 win over the Panthers in Game 1 of the series.


The loss served as a wake-up call for the Panthers, who knew they needed to regroup quickly and make adjustments to bounce back in the series. Meanwhile, the Bruins celebrated their strong start. As knowing they had set the tone for what promised to be an intense and closely contested battle for a spot in the next round of the playoffs.

If he gets to play Game 2, it will be his seventh game in a row starting for the Bruins. That’s a big deal, because the last time a Bruins goalie did that many consecutive starts was Tuukka Rask back in the 2020-21 season. When he played the last 11 games.

This goalie, Jeremy Swayman, has been doing really well in the playoffs so far. His goals-against average (GAA), which is a measure of how many goals he lets in per game, is really low at 1.42. That means he’s been doing a great job stopping the other team from scoring.

Even though Swayman’s been doing a good job, the Panthers forward. Sam Reinhart, says they’re not going to make it easy for him. They’re going to try to make things harder for him in the upcoming games. That’s what teams usually try to do against good goalies. They look for ways to challenge them more and make it tough for them to stop the puck.


The Oilers and the Canucks are facing off in the playoffs, marking the first time since 2022. That two Canadian teams are battling it out on the ice. Back in 2022, Edmonton triumphed over their rivals. Calgary, in a five-game series to make it to the Western Conference final. This time around, Edmonton is the favorite to win against Vancouver, according to BetMGM Sportsbook.

One big reason for Edmonton’s favoritism is how dominant their key players, Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl, have been. In the first round against Los Angeles, Edmonton looked unstoppable, winning the series in just five games. McDavid leads all players in the playoffs with an impressive 12 points, while Draisaitl isn’t far behind with 10. Edmonton’s power play has been particularly deadly, converting 5 out of 12 opportunities. Their penalty kill has been perfect, stopping all 10 of the opposing team’s power plays.

However, the Canucks, led by coach Rick Tocchet, aren’t to be underestimated. Despite facing setbacks such as losing their star goaltender Thatcher Demko and backup Casey DeSmith to injuries. They managed to overcome Nashville in the first round. A rookie goaltender, Arturs Silovs, stepped up admirably, stopping 75 out of the 80 shots he faced. It was helping to secure the Canucks’ victory.

So, while Edmonton may be the favorite, the Canucks have proven they’re a tough opponent, especially with their resilience in the face of adversity.