Vegas Golden Knights center Jack Eichel (9) celebrates after scoring against Edmonton Oilers goaltender Stuart Skinner (74) during the first period of Game 5 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup second-round playoff series Friday, May 12, 2023, in Las Vegas. (AP News photo)
On the NHL Stanley Cup playoff podcast with Matt:
#1 The Vegas Golden Knights (3-2) have now moved ahead of the Edmonton Oilers (2-3) in the Stanley Cup Western Conference second round. Jack Eichel had a goal and two assists for the Knights defeating the Oilers on Friday night 4-3 in game 5.
#2 The Florida Panthers Nick Cousins picked up an overtime goal at 15:32 as the Panthers now advance to the third round of the Stanley Cup taking out the Toronto Maple Leafs 3-2. This is the first time that the Panthers had advanced to the third round since 1996.
#3 The Carolina Hurricanes will face off to the Panthers. The Panthers are coming off wins against the Boston Bruins and Toronto Maple Leafs and the Hurricanes taking out the New Jersey Devils to advance to the third round. The Canes and Panthers are two rough and tumble teams how do you see this match up.
#4 The Oilers seem to have trouble generating offense against the Knights which was one of the reasons why they couldn’t get past the Knights. Despite being so talent rich the Oilers are facing one of the best defenses in the NHL.
#5 The Hurricanes can be a huge factor going into what could be one of the best conference finals in recent memory. The Canes are loaded going into their match up against the Panthers with Sebastian Aho who leads with ten points and five goals, and Jordan Martinook with seven assists.
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