The Toronto Maple Leafs lost both Video game 2 and a remarkable novice as the Florida Panthers rallied Thursday night to win 3-2 and take a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference semifinal series.
Maple Leafs forward Matthew Knies left the video game throughout the very first duration after he was examined by Panthers forward Sam Bennett. Knies was pushed into the boards by Bennett, who then knocked him to the ice. Knies appeared stunned after the play.
” I didn’t enjoy it, undoubtedly,” Maple Leafs captain John Tavares stated of the hit. “And it leads to an injury.”
The Maple Leafs later on revealed that Knies, who signed up with the group late in the season after assisting the University of Minnesota reach the NCAA national championship, would not return.
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Coach Sheldon Keefe stated he had no upgrade on Knies, however kept in mind, “Undoubtedly, he didn’t finish the video game, so that’s not favorable.”
Knies entered into the lineup in the postseason after a first-round suspension to Michael Bunting and has actually had a strong postseason with an objective and 3 helps. He likewise conserved an objective in Video game 4 versus the Tampa Bay Lightning that enabled Toronto to get rid of a 4-1 deficit
There was no charge gotten in touch with the play, though Bennett (team-high 10 hits) was later on punished for cross-checking Bunting in the neck.
Keefe stated the cross-check was “strangely comparable” to one by Maple Leafs star Auston Matthews in the 2022 Heritage Classic. “We understand how that a person exercised ( two-game suspension),” he stated. “We will see. The league will take a look at all of these example.”
Bennett’s colleague, Matthew Tkachuk, stated of the hit on Knies: “I do not believe he will speak with Gamer Security on that.”
Toronto, which has actually reached the 2nd round for the very first time given that 2004, took a fast 2-0 first-period lead on objectives by Alexander Kerfoot and Ryan O’Reilly, however Florida’s Anton Lundell cut the result in 2-1 prior to the duration ended.
Aleksander Barkov and Gustav Forsling scored 57 seconds apart early in the 2nd duration to put the Panthers up 3-2 and Sergei Bobrovsky made the lead stand, ending up with 34 conserves.
” You support the bench some nights and you get a feel for your goaltender, going, ‘Oh man, he’s not going to get beat once again,'” Panthers coach Paul Maurice stated. “Which’s what he provided our group.”
The Panthers, who disturb the Boston Bruins in the preliminary, have actually won 5 in a row. They head house for Games 3 and 4 on Sunday and Wednesday.
Panthers’ Josh Mahura bloodied by puck
Panthers defenseman Josh Mahura left the video game in the 2nd duration when he was struck by a puck on a fluke play. Mahura was pursuing Kerfoot around the back of the internet when William Nylander’s shot went high and large and appeared to capture the defenseman under the visor near his eye.
Mahura was bleeding greatly as he left the ice. He ultimately returned in the 3rd duration and skated a couple shifts.
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DALLAS (AP)– Joe Pavelski scored his 5th objective in 2 video games given that returning from concussion procedure with a help from Wyatt Johnston, his 19-year-old novice housemate who likewise scored an objective, and Dallas beat Seattle to connect the second-round series at a video game each.
Evgenii Dadonov included an awesome wraparound objective and Tyler Seguin scored for destiny.
Tye Kartye and Jordan Eberle had objectives for the Kraken.
Jake Oettinger had 25 conserves for destiny. Seattle’s Philipp Grubauer stopped 33 shots.
Video Game 3 is Sunday night in Seattle.