Friday, December 8, 2023

120 minutes done! Alexander Barkov and Sebastian Aho performed strongly – the meeting between the Finnish stars of the NHL turned into a marathon


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The Carolina Hurricanes and Florida Panthers have already swapped the opening game of their playoff series with two games to go.

120 minutes have passed and the game is tied at 2-2. It’s 1 a.m. in Raleigh.

Ryan Lomberg of the Panthers scored early in overtime, but the shot was disallowed as Colin White hit Frederik Andersen in the goalie’s area and blocked the Danish save attempt.

Carolina took a commanding lead at the end of the opening set. Sebastian Aho offered to Seth Jarvis, who slammed the puck into the cage.

Jarvis’s goal came after Mark Staal was cleared off the ice by a throw. Carolina had a two-man advantage with just over a minute remaining when Aaron Ekblad took off with a low-powered cross stick to the ice court with Staal. Panthers head coach Paul Morris was still furious after the break and lashed out at the referee.

In the second period, Florida was not whistled for a timeout, Carolina got two.

The Panthers did not use their superior strengths but scored two goals in two minutes in a 5–5 game. Captain Alexander Barkov was involved in both.

She rocked the first one herself and winded it really wildly by her standards. The second goal was scored by Carter Verheeghe with his sharp wrist shot, with Barkov getting a second assist.

Carolina was on top in the third set and tied it with Stefan Nossen. The management however did not bring the winning goal. Inactive Florida goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky, who is fighting a top spring, made some big saves along the Panthers’ goal.

Finland’s Eurovision representative Karija broke into North America with the song Cha Cha Cha in a tiebreaker game hosted by the Dallas Stars against the Seattle Kraken. The song was also played at halftime of Hurricanes’ home matches, now represented by five Finnish players.

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