Colleague: “Kotkaniemi gets upstaged by a Tkachuk again.”
– Simon-Olivier Lorange (@SO_Lorange) May 25, 2023
For the fourth year in a row, it was a Florida club that got its hands on the Prince of Wales trophy. If I had told you a few weeks ago that this was going to be the case, you would have told me that the Lightning hadn’t finished dominating.
But no. Matthew Tkachuk, the NHL’s player of the hour, decided otherwise.
Russo: Matthew Tkachuk’s legend keeps growing with dramatic series clincher for Panthers
– Michael Russo (@RussoHockey) May 25, 2023
While the Lightning put an end to Toronto’s curse, the Panthers were more impressive. After all, they beat the big bad Bruins before taking on, at the request of Toronto fans, the Maple Leafs. #Oups
And now they’ve just swept the Hurricanes, who are no small team. Led by Sergei Bobrovsky and Matthew Tkachuk, the Florida club won the bet they made last summer in the Flames deal.
Wow. Give him the Conn Smythe already. pic.twitter.com/WBOB2hLSle
– Habs Fan TV (@habsfantv_) May 25, 2023
And because the club does things its own way, the Panthers have decided to touch the Prince of Wales trophy. The club’s leaders – the guys with the letter on their jerseys – decided to touch it.
– NHL (@NHL) May 25, 2023
Because yes, the Panthers weren’t making the playoffs a few weeks/months ago. In fact, at one point, their draft pick could have increased the Canadiens’ chances of winning the lottery.
Today, of course, that’s a utopian scenario. The Panthers, who traded (among others) their first pick of 2023 last year to the Habs for Ben Chiarot, will draft 31st or 32nd at the next auction.
It’s not exactly with such a pick that Connor Bedard will be coming to Montreal, of course, but it does take away from the value of a pick that could be important or used as a bargaining chip.
Anyway, nothing ever happens when the Habs have the 31st pick in the draft…
– Marc Antoine Godin (@MAGodin) May 25, 2023
The way the Panthers are playing, I find it hard to believe they’ll lose to Vegas. I know the Western series isn’t over, but we suspect Dallas doesn’t have what it takes to climb back up.
– That’s a good one.
– Pretty crazy.
Hurricanes get swept for third straight time in Eastern finals
2009 Penguins in 4
2019 Bruins in 4
2023 Panthers in 4
– Luc Gelinas (@LucGelinasRDS) May 25, 2023
– The Cup is ready.
– The Stanley Cup (@StanleyCup) May 25, 2023
– Hurricanes player is correct.
– stick on puck
– skates on ice
– shoulder to chest
And for those who claim Bennett was coming from afar, it’s been 4 seconds since he took a stride. https://t.co/53EwDPMRiG
– Jonathan Bernier (@JBernierJDM) May 25, 2023
– Seen the same.