NHL: a first since 1996 for the Panthers

Florida qualified for the first time since… 1996 for the 2nd round of the NHL playoffs. The Panthers won their ticket in 6 games against the Capitals, which they beat 4-3 after extra time in Washington.

Man in the series with his 12 points, center Carter Verhaeghe scored the qualifying goal after 2’46” in “overtime”, he who had already scored in overtime during Act IV. Claude Giroux meanwhile had a goal and two assists for the Panthers, who will face Toronto or Tampa Bay in the next round.

Undecided streaks in other fixtures

A 7th match will also be necessary both between the Rangers and the Penguins, in the East, and between the Stars and the Flames, in the West. The New York franchise won 5-3 Friday in Pittsburgh, which had to compose without its superstar Sidney Crosby (upper body injury). Dallas beat Calgary 4-2 at Texas.


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