The Panthers start their journey to the Stanley Cup with a win

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The Florida Panthers have begun their search for their first-ever Stanley Cup with a 3-0 win against the Edmonton Oilers. The game leaves the Panthers 1-0 in the series, with the next game being held June 10, 2024, in Sunrise, Fla. The Oilers have previously won five Stanley Cups, the last one being in 1990. 

Florida scored a goal in each period of the three-period game, while Panthers goalie Sergie Bobrovsky left the Oilers shut out and protected 32 direct attempted shots at the goal from the opposing team. The first goal of the game was made by Carter Verhaeghe, the second by Sam Bennett and the third was made with under a minute left in the game by Eetu Luostarinen to an empty net. Aleksander Barkov ende the game with an assist as well. 

The Panthers were able to secure their spot in the Stanley Cup Finals after beating the New York Rangers for the Eastern Conference Title. After a nail-biting six game series, the Panthers came out on top with the series totaling 4-2 wins, in favor of the Panthers. 

The Panthers started the series off strong with a 3-0 win to the Rangers in Madison Square Park, NY, but then faced two losses following their win. Both losses were overtime games, where the Rangers won with a sudden death shot, leaving the score for both games 2-3. The Panthers tied the series to 2-2 after winning at home, in a 3-2 game, in favor of Florida. Game five was a Panthers win, with the score ending 3-2. In game six, the Panthers won 2-1, making the series 4-2 and letting the Panthers advance to the finals. 

Now, in order to finally win their first Stanley Cup, the Panthers must win three more games against the Oilers. 

The Stanley Cup is arguably the most iconic trophy in sports history. It displays all the players of the winning teams name, and every year it goes and resides in the hometown of the winning team. When not being handled by the winning team, the Stanley Cup is cleaned and transported using white-glove service, showing the honor and prestige associated with the trophy itself. (Photo/Alan Bass on Wikimedia Commons)

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