The night appeared promising for the Hurricanes or Panthers to settle the game in the third period. Stefan Noesen’s equalizer in the third period tied the game, leading to the sixth longest game in NHL history. Game 1 concluded with Matthew Tkachuk’s goal, resulting in a 4OT victory for the Florida Panthers in the Eastern Conference Finals.
In the opening period, Seth Jarvis ignited the Hurricanes’ offense with a splendid saucer pass from Sebastian Aho, unleashing a powerful shot to put them on the scoreboard and conclude the first period with a 1-0 lead.
The tide dramatically shifted in the second period as the Cats notched two goals within a span of 2 minutes and 15 seconds. Aleksander Barkov initiated the comeback by securing the first goal to level the score, and shortly thereafter, Carter Verhaeghe provided the Cats with the lead to conclude the eventful second period.
As the third period neared its conclusion, with the Panthers holding a 2-1 advantage, Stefan Noesen received a well-executed pass from Seth Jarvis and managed to outwit goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky, resulting in a game-tying goal to bring the third period to a close.
In a thrilling showdown between the Hurricanes and Panthers, the game extended into a quadruple overtime battle. Both teams fought relentlessly, but ultimately, it was the Panthers who emerged victorious. The Hurricanes put up a valiant effort, but fell short in their quest for victory.