NHL Playoff Recaps: Stars get even, and Panthers up 2 on Leafs

NHL Playoff Recaps:  May 4, 2023

The Toronto Maple Leafs are stunned as the Florida Panthers win the first two games of the series on the road. Plus, the Dallas Stars big second period helps them even their series against the Seattle Kraken.

NHL Playoff Recaps: Stars get even

Wyatt Johnston and Tyler Seguin both collected one goal and one assist and the host Dallas Stars scored three times in a dominant second period in a 4-2 victory over the Seattle Kraken, evening their Western Conference second-round playoff series.

Evgenii Dadonov and Joe Pavelski also scored for the Stars in Game 2. Goaltender Jake Oettinger made 25 saves, 12 of them in the third period.

Tye Kartye and Jordan Eberle scored for the Kraken. Goalie Philipp Grubauer stopped 33 shots in a strong performance while receiving little offensive support.

Game 3 will be Sunday in Seattle.

NHL Playoff Recaps: Panthers take 2-0 series lead

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May 4, 2023; Toronto, Ontario, CANADA; Toronto Maple Leafs forward Alexander Kerfoot (15) scores on Florida Panthers goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky (72) during the first period of game two of the second round of the 2023 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Scotiabank Arena. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports

The visiting Florida Panthers scored twice 66 seconds into the second period to defeat the Toronto Maple Leafs 3-2 Thursday night in Game 2 of their Eastern Conference semifinal series.

The Panthers, who upset the Boston Bruins in the first round, have won the first two games of the best-of-seven series and play the next two games at home, starting Sunday.

Anton Lundell had a goal and an assist for the Panthers, who rallied from down 2-0 in the first period. Gustav Forsling notched the go-ahead goal and Aleksander Barkov also scored for Florida. Sergei Bobrovsky was strong again in goal and stopped 34 shots.

Alexander Kerfoot and Ryan O’Reilly scored for the Maple Leafs. Ilya Samsonov made 26 saves.

Kerfoot scored his second goal of the playoffs on the rebound from Luke Schenn’s shot at 2:20 of the first period. Morgan Rielly also earned an assist.

O’Reilly scored his third goal of the playoffs on a pass from Mitchell Marner during a power play at 5:10 of the first. Auston Matthews also picked up an assist. Zac Dalpe was off for tripping.

–Field Level Media