Panthers defeat Oilers 2-1 to win the Stanley Cup

The Florida Panthers defeated the Edmonton Oilers 2-1 in game seven of the Stanley Cup Final to win the Stanley Cup.

Florida would open the scoring four minutes into the game as Carter Verhaeghe deflected Evan Rodrigues’s shot to make it 1-0.

Two minutes later, the Oilers responded as Mattias Janmark got a breakaway from a pass by Cody Ceci and tied the game 1-1. 

The first period would end 1-1 as Stuart Skinner stood tall, keeping the game tied.

Edmonton would go on the power play in the second period, but Sergei Bobrovsky kept the puck out of the net.

The Oilers almost made it 2-1, but Dmitry Kulikov hit the puck out of the paint, stopping an Oilers goal. 

Moments later, Sam Reinhart came down the wing, and his snap-shot beat Stuart Skinner, making it 2-1.

Going into the third period, the Panthers were holding on. Bobrovsky made save after save, but the Oilers couldn’t solve him.

The game would end 2-1, and the Florida Panthers would win their first Stanley Cup in franchise history.

Edmonton Oilers captain Connor McDavid won the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP.

Before winning the Stanley Cup, the Panthers were 0-2 in the Finals, losing in 2023 to the Vegas Golden Knights and in 1996 to the Colorado Avalanche.

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