NHL Eastern Conference Finals Game 2: Panthers vs Hurricanes Prediction, Odds, and Picks (May 20)
- Pulsating opening game between the Florida Panthers and Carolina Panthers was taken to a fourth period of overtime
- The Panthers eventually came through the marathon with a 3-2 success
If the first game between the Panthers and Hurricanes was anything to go by, then we could be set for a thrilling Eastern Conference finals. After seven periods of play, the Panthers eventually scored the decisive goal to take a series advantage, in what was ultimately the sixth-longest game in NHL history.
How To Watch
- When: Saturday, May 20, 2023, at 8:00 P.M. ET
- Where: PNC Arena, Carolina
- How To Watch: NHL TV
A pulsating opening clash between the Panthers and Hurricanes ensured that hockey fans had a late night on Thursday. Seven periods of NHL action was played out, with the game eventually finishing just before 2:00 AM ET. The decisive moment finally came with just 12.7 seconds remaining of the fourth overtime period, as Matthew Tkachuk found the net to give the Panthers a dramatic winner.
Credit must be given to both teams, as they battled intensively throughout the near six-hour clash. It would have seemed a long time ago by its conclusion, but the Hurricanes had taken the lead in the opening period. But, the Panthers struck back with two efforts in the second.
Carolina forced overtime with an effort in the final regulation period, but that would only begin the drama at PNC Arena. Aleksandar Barkov and Carter Verhaeghe scored the goals in regulation time for the Panthers, while Sergei Bobrovsky ended the night having made an incredible 63 saves from 65 shots.
There isn’t must time for the Hurricanes to regain their composure, as they will host game two in the series on Saturday evening. Seth Jarvis scored and recorded an assist in game one. Meanwhile, their other effort in game one was netted by Stefan Noesen.
A thrilling opening game between the teams means that both sides will be carrying fatigue into their second clash this weekend. It will be imperative that the Hurricanes get back on track after their defeat on Thursday, and we fancy their chances of responding.