Bobrovsky makes 23 saves for first shutout of the postseason, Panthers beat Rangers 3-0 in Game 1

May 23, 2024  -NEW YORK (AP) — Sergei Bobrovsky had a long stretch without seeing a shot on goal in the middle of the game, and then there was a flurry in the third period.

No matter, he stopped everything that came his way.

Bobrovsky had 23 saves for his first shutout of the postseason, and the Panthers beat the New York Rangers 3-0 on Wednesday night in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference final.

“I think you have to be a veteran goalie to do what he did tonight,” Panthers coach Paul Maurice said. “Sit for a while, make huge saves, and sense the last 10 minutes of the game that’s where he has to be Sergei.”

Matthew Tkachuk had a goal and an assist, and Carter Verhaeghe and Sam Bennett also scored for Florida.

Bobrovsky, who had six shutouts during the regular season, had five saves in the first period, seven in the second and 11 in the third for his second career shutout in the playoffs.

“They are a good team, we did a really good defense, we executed our system,” the 35-year-old goalie said. “It’s a big win for us. A game we can build on. … It’s one game. There’s still a lot of hockey to play. We have to keep grinding.”

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