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2023-24 ECSF: Panthers vs Bruins

Who wins?  

15 members have voted

  1. 1. Well?

    • Panthers in 4
    • Panthers in 5
    • Panthers in 6
    • Panthers in 7
    • Bruins in 4
    • Bruins in 5
    • Bruins in 6
    • Bruins in 7

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(1A) Florida Panthers vs. (2A) Boston Bruins

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Panthers: 52-24-6, 110 points; defeated Tampa Bay Lightning 4-1 in the first round

Bruins: 47-20-15, 109 points; defeated Toronto Maple Leafs 4-3 in the first round


BOS 4-0-0; FLA 0-2-2



Panthers: Though the Panthers have some dangerous weapons in Barkov, Sam Reinhart and Matthew Tkachuk, Carter Verhaeghe is who the Bruins have to worry about the most. He led Florida with five goals in the first round and his nine points tied Tkachuk for the team lead. Verhaeghe scored in overtime to win Game 2. Over the past two postseasons he has five game-winning goals, three in OT including Game 7 against the Bruins last season. When the game is tight, keep an eye on Verhaeghe.


Bruins: Brad Marchand proved his mettle leading the Bruins to their first-round win against the Maple Leafs. He took over in Games 3 and 4 with three goals and two assists and finished the series with eight points (three goals, five assists). It's not just his ability to produce. The Bruins feed off the emotion and fire of their captain, making his understanding of the gamesmanship in the playoffs just as important as the points he's producing.



Panthers: Sergei Bobrovsky didn't get a ton of work against the Lightning, facing 135 shots on goal (27.0 percent per game). His .896 save percentage wasn't great, but he made the big saves when he needed to, including a stunning stop on Matt Dumba in Game 2. Bobrovsky was never under a constant barrage with the Panthers defense going long stretches without allowing a shot on the goal, especially in the first two games. He allowed only 14 goals, six coming in a Game 4 loss. He didn't start the first two against the Bruins last year, came on in relief in Game 3 and then helped Florida rally from down 3-1, so Boston knows how dangerous he can be.


Bruins: The Bruins started the playoffs with a strict rotation through the first three games of the first round, but since then it has been Jeremy Swayman's net. Swayman went 4-2 against Toronto with a 1.49 goals-against average and .950 save percentage. Linus Ullmark started Game 2 and allowed three goals on 34 shots in a 3-2 loss, and started six games last year before Swayman took over in Game 7. Ullmark went 3-0-0 with a 1.62 GAA and .947 save percentage against the Panthers in the regular season. Swayman won his only start, allowing three goals on 21 shots.



Panthers: Anton Lundell was elevated in the lineup after the injury to center Sam Bennett (upper body) during the first round and tied for second on the Panthers with four assists behind Tkachuk's six. Lundell had assists in four straight games from Game 2 to the series-clinching Game 5 against the Lightning and will be relied upon heavily in the top-nine forward group at center or wing in the second round, regardless of when Bennett returns. He scored a goal and had 13 shots on goal in four games against the Bruins in the regular season. -- Pete Jensen


Bruins: Hampus Lindholm had a clutch performance in Game 7 with the game-tying goal in the third period, the primary assist on Pastrnak's OT goal and six shots on goal. He will need to be more efficient on both ends of the ice against a dominant possession team like the Panthers after being held to no points in seven games against them last postseason. He then had a big dip in points per game this season (0.36) compared to 2022-23 (0.66; NHL career-high 53 points). Stopping Reinhart (second in NHL with 57 regular-season goals; three in five games during first round of playoffs) will be the top priority for one of Charlie McAvoy or Lindholm. The other defenseman will likely be on a separate pair trying to contain Tkachuk, a physical forward. Tough assignment either way. -- Pete Jensen



Panthers: They play the same way they did against the Lightning in the first round. All five skaters played tight defense, limiting Tampa Bay's shots on goal. If Boston had trouble scoring against Toronto, it may be close to impossible against Florida if it plays its game.


Bruins: They need what they brought against the Maple Leafs, excellence in net. They will be facing Bobrovsky, a finalist for the Vezina Trophy given to the top goalie in the NHL. All the Bruins goalies have to do is better him. No pressure.



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Bruins barely squeaked into round 2 by the skin of their teeth against a banged up Leafs with inconsistent goaltending and putrid offense/PP. I'll give them a game with Swayman stealing one for them and maybe some lucky bounces. So, Florida in 5. 

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Bruins played the counter game very well in this game. Florida's goaltender nothing special based on this game. Should be a good series

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