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Panarin's gang broke Bobrovsky's streak. Is the Russian goalkeeper's magic not enough anymore?

The first match of the Eastern Conference final series between New York Rangers” and “Florida Panthers” in its scenario led to two key conclusions:

  • Sergei Bobrovsky is great;
  • < li class="article__list-item">The Rangers' attack, along with Artemi Panarin, went into hibernation.

Indeed, the Panthers' star goalie had little work to do. But he dealt with the one that eventually appeared at the Russian goalkeeper’s goal with five points and left his possessions intact.

The second chapter of the battle to reach the Stanley Cup finals, which again took place in New York, apparently took on noticeable changes compared to the first. Now the Rangers showed their attacking power and from the very first minutes of the match they rushed to shoot through Bobrovsky. In terms of desire and focus on the other goal, the Blueshirts finally resembled themselves and showed that what happened in the first meeting of the series was just an unpleasant accident.

It took the Rangers less than five minutes to reach their goal. Artemiy Panarin effectively entered the zone, left the puck to Vincent Trocheck, and he, albeit with some luck, still found Adam Fox from the opposite end. The Blueshirts' star defender passed the ball to a free corner and returned it to Trocheck, who was left to hit the empty goal. Bobrovsky was powerless in this situation.

Panarin, having participated in this goal, achieved another historical achievement. Artemy recorded the 38th assist of his career during the NHL playoffs and surpassed Vyacheslav Kozlov in this indicator, rising to 12th place in the list of the best Russian assists in Stanley Cup matches. Khlebushka’s next target is Evgeniy Kuznetsov (40 assists). The record among Russians is held by Sergei Fedorov, who recorded 124 assists in 183 games in the NHL playoffs.
The Panthers, however, were prepared for such an onslaught from the Rangers and offered appropriate resistance. Bobrovsky, without regard for the missed puck, continued to drag, the Florida defense, together with Dmitry Kulikov, each time forced the opponent to move away from hockey to a power struggle, and the Panthers' forwards did not allow Igor Shesterkin to relax. By the end of the first period, the Russian goalkeeper of the Rangers could not cope either.

“Florida” at the end of the first 20 minutes received the right to play “extra” and took advantage of this opportunity. It didn't even require any fancy plays: Carter Verhaeghe simply moved around the perimeter of the slot and delivered an irresistible shot.

After a productive first period, it looked like the remaining two would prove to be appropriate. But in terms of performance, they literally went to zero: the Rangers and Panthers fought more and more, and Shesterkin and Bobrovsky gave no reason to doubt their skills. Everything was decided by just one moment that happened in overtime.
Both teams acted with extreme caution and accuracy. So much so that the risk of extending the game to a second extra 20 minutes, as happened in yesterday's match between the Edmonton Oilers and the Dallas Stars (3:2 OT), was quite great. But Barclay Goodrow was against it. An experienced American forward, who knows what winning in the NHL playoffs means from his time playing for the Tampa Bay Lightning, came out of the shadows and made the whole of New York stand on its ears. His throw from the left throw-in circle was obvious and predictable, but Bobrovsky simply did not see the moment of the throw.

For the Russian goalkeeper of the Panthers, Goodrow's goal interrupted a powerful a streak that dates back to his days with the Columbus Blue Jackets and included 12 straight overtime Stanley Cup victories. Florida lost in overtime in the NHL playoffs for the first time after 11 straight victories since 2021. Nevertheless, Bobrovsky, with 28 saves, was one of the three stars of the match, placing behind Shesterkin.
As a result, the match is 2:1, and the Rangers level the series score (1-1). The confrontation will continue at Florida's home court.

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