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Wednesday Offseason Caterwaul: Florida Panthers and NHL Playoffs Open Forum

All Cats advance at World Championship

NHL: Los Angeles Kings at Florida Panthers Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports

Filip Forsberg and Roman Josi scored in the third period and Pekka Rinne made 19 stops in the Nashville Predators 2-1 win over the Anaheim Ducks at Bridgestone Arena. The Predators lead the series two games to one.

The Ottawa Senators will host the Pittsburgh Penguins tonight (NBCSN - 8 pm) at Canadian Tire Center for Game 3 of the Eastern Conference final. The series is tied at one game apiece.

In Florida Panthers news, Nick Bjugstad picked up the secondary assist on Kevin Hayes’ game-tying goal late in the second period and the United States went on to beat Russia 5-3 to finish atop Group A at the 2017 IIHF World Championship. The Florida Panthers center logged TOI and finished with one shot on goal, a +1 rating and went 2 of 6 on faceoffs. The Americans will face Finland in the quarterfinals on Thursday.

Denis Malgin registered one shot on goal, went 6 of 15 on draws, and finished with a even rating in 16:19 TOI in Switzerland’s 3-1 win over the Czech Republic. The Swiss came in second place in Group B and will take on Sweden in the quarterfinals.

Mike Matheson had two assists in Canada‘s win 5-2 over Finland. The 23-year-old logged 15:12 TOI and finished with a +1 rating. Jason Demers had two shots on goals, logged 15:52 TOI and finished with an even rating for the Group B winners. Canada will face Germany in the quarterfinals.