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Why the Florida Panthers Will Win the 2023 Stanley Cup Final

By Jeff Stinger

On Wednesday night, the Florida Panthers punched their ticket into the Stanley Cup Final after completing their Eastern Conference Final sweep of the Carolina Hurricanes. The Panthers are on a warpath to cementing themselves in the record books as only the second NHL in history to win the Stanley Cup as a No. 8 seed. Exactly what makes these big cats from Florida a full-fledged championship contender and not just another feel-good underdog story?

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3 Reasons Why the Florida Panthers Will Win the 2023 NHL Stanley Cup

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Tkachuk Going Tka-Ching

In all four games of their sweep of the Hurricanes, the Panthers escaped with a victory by merely a single goal in each contest. Three of those go-ahead scores were thanks to former sixth-overall draft pick Matthew Tkachuk, who has found himself right at home in his first year in a Panthers uniform after spending his first six NHL seasons in Calgary.

As the son of five-time All-Star Keith Tkachuk, it appears as though Matthew was born into hockey greatness. The younger Tkachuk has 19 points this postseason (third-most by any player thus far) and has delivered one clutch moment after another, namely two game-winners in overtime and the series-clinching, go-ahead goal with five seconds left regulation of Game 4 over the Canes.

Bobrovsky’s Your Uncle

The Panthers’ offense just did enough to outgun a supposedly potent Carolina offense, and thanks to a revitalized Sergei Bobrovsky, Florida was in good hands at keeping the Canes’ attack from turning into an unstoppable storm.

Bobrovsky, a former two-time Vezina Trophy winner, is seeing immense success in the postseason for the first time in his career under unlikely circumstances and has stepped up to the call. The 34-year-old netminder has a 2.15 goals-against average and a .935 save percentage, which includes memorable 50 and 63-save outings in Games 1 and 2 of the series against Carolina, respectively.

Always Sunny in the Sunshine State

There must be something in the water of the Floridian beaches, as Florida is home not just to the eighth-seeded Panthers of the NHL, but also the eighth-seeded Miami Heat of the NBA, who are in the midst of a historic bid for an NBA title as well semi-concurrently with the Panthers.

Sports fans from Florida have had it good lately in general as well. Let’s not forget that the Tampa Bay Lightning have won two of the last three NHL championships, and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have also been to the Super Bowl twice and won once over the past few years. It’s quite ironic that a tropic state is dominating a sport built for winter, but that’s just what makes the Panthers’ bid for the Stanley Cup all the more impressive.

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