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Panthers anticipate facing ‘equal challenge’ in pursuit of sweep against Lightning

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Florida Panthers Look to Sweep Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 4 of First Round

The Florida Panthers are on the brink of making history as they lead the Tampa Bay Lightning 3-0 in the Eastern Conference First Round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. A win in Game 4 would not only mark the first time the Panthers have defeated the Lightning in the playoffs, but it would also result in a series sweep of the team that has been the dominant force in Florida hockey for the past decade.

The Panthers, however, are not getting ahead of themselves. Coach Paul Maurice emphasized the need to focus on the task at hand and not let the pressure of closing out the series affect their game. Defenseman Aaron Ekblad echoed this sentiment, stating that they are prepared to play a full seven-game series if necessary and are not expecting an easy win in Game 4.

The series has been tightly contested, with both teams delivering physical play and close games. The Panthers have been successful in shutting down the Lightning’s potent power play, which has been a key factor in their lead in the series. Despite the challenges they have faced, the Lightning remain determined to fight back and extend the series.

As the Panthers look to make franchise history with a sweep of the Lightning, they understand the importance of staying focused and controlling their emotions in what is sure to be a high-intensity game. With their experience in previous playoff runs and their strong performance in the first three games, the Panthers are poised to make a statement in Game 4 and advance to the next round of the playoffs.

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