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Friday Caterwaul: Florida Panthers Open Forum

Hurricanes get a chance to do what the Cats couldn’t

Carolina Hurricanes v Nashville Predators - Game Six Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images

Sebastian Aho scored his second goal of the game 1:06 into overtime to lift the Carolina Hurricanes to a series-ending 4-3 win against the Nashville Predators in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup First Round at a raucous Bridgestone Arena in Music City.

The Hurricanes, the scourge of the Florida Panthers during the regular season, will move on to face the Tampa Bay Lightning in the Central Division Final. I’ve never been big on the Canes, but I will be rooting hard for the team formerly known as the Hartford Whalers in the next round.

In action involving two of the Cats old foes from the Atlantic Division, the Montreal Canadiens staved off elimination with a 4-3 overtime win over the Toronto Maple Leafs. Nick Suzuki got the overtime game-winner at the 50-second mark. Suzuki finished off a 2-on-0 break with rookie Cole Caufield to send the series back to Montreal with the Buds up three games to two, throwing a bit of monkey wrench into the LBC Playoff Predictions Contest. Sacré bleu!

At the World Championship in Riga, Latvia, Panthers prospect Anton Lundell registered three shots on goal and finished with a +1 rating Finland’s 3-0 win over Italy. Lundell played 17:32 and went 9 of 18 on faceoffs. The 19-year-old has totaled two goals in four games played for the Finns, who currently top Group B. Finland will play again on Saturday against Germany.

Back to Stanley Cup playoffs, Game 7 of the series between the Vegas Golden Knights and Minnesota will take place tonight at 9 p.m. with NBCSN doing the broadcast thing.