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Round 1 brings an all-Florida showdown as the Panthers take on the Lightning

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Florida Panthers and Tampa Bay Lightning Set to Face Off in Intense Playoff Series

Florida Panthers and Tampa Bay Lightning Set to Renew Rivalry in Stanley Cup Playoffs

The stage is set for a thrilling showdown between the Florida Panthers and the Tampa Bay Lightning in the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs. The two teams, who have a long-standing rivalry, will face off starting Sunday on the Panthers’ home ice in Sunrise, Florida.

The intensity of this matchup is not lost on either team’s head coach. Florida Panthers head coach Paul Maurice emphasized the grit and determination that both teams bring to the ice when they meet. He pointed to past games this season where both teams fought hard until the final buzzer, regardless of the score.

“It’s going to be an awesome series,” Maurice said. “There’s no quit in either room. If we’re all lucky, we can get it to seven games and overtime because that would be all the juice you can handle for a hockey season in one series.”

The Lightning, led by head coach Jon Cooper, are no strangers to playoff success, having won back-to-back Stanley Cups in 2020 and 2021. On the other hand, the Panthers are still seeking their first title and are hungry for victory.

The matchup between the two teams is expected to be a battle of veterans, with Tampa Bay’s Nikita Kucherov and Florida’s Sergei Bobrovsky leading the charge. Kucherov, who won his second Art Ross Trophy this year, is a serious MVP candidate with an impressive 144 points in the regular season.

Both teams have had success against each other’s goalies this season, setting the stage for an exciting goaltending duel. Florida’s strength lies in their balanced scoring, with multiple players contributing between 72 and 94 points throughout the season.

With the history and intensity of this rivalry, the Panthers and Lightning are sure to deliver an unforgettable series that will keep fans on the edge of their seats. Stay tuned as these two powerhouse teams battle it out for a chance to advance in the Stanley Cup playoffs.

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