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Florida takes Game 1 on the strength of Bobrovsky shutout

The Florida Panthers have drawn first blood in the NHL Stanley Cup Final.

Carter Verhaeghe scored the opening goal on the Panthers’ first shot of the game en route to a 3-0 victory over the Edmonton Oilers at Amerant Bank Arena.

Evan Rodrigues scored his fourth of the playoffs to make it a 2-0 game in the second period on a dump-and-chase play that fooled Oilers’ defencemen Darnell Nurse and Cody Ceci. Rodrigues was left all alone in front to send the puck soaring over goaltender Stuart Skinner’s shoulder.

Forward Eetu Luostarinen scored an empty net goal late in the third period to make it a 3-0 final.

Game 2 of the seven-game series goes Monday in Sunrise, FL at 6pm.

Connor McDavid attempts a shot at Sergei Bobrovsky

Stanley Cup Final Game 2 tonight

The Oilers are looking to rebound from  their 3-0 Game 1 defeat and even up the Stanley Cup Final series Monday evening in Sunrise, FL.  Puck drop is at 6pm. Statistics show that the Oilers need a win tonight, as...

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