A shootout between the Panthers and the Sharks ended with the Panthers winning 3-2 in Game 7 of the Western Conference First Round of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Game 7 was played on Friday, May 30.
Game 6 ended in a 1-1 tie after the Panthers scored the winning goal with 13:16 remaining in regulation.
The Panthers, who are one game behind the Sharks for the final wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference, have two games in hand on the Sharks, who hold the second wild-Card spot.
The Sharks will have the final four spots in the Western Division.
“We’re happy to get this win,” Panthers forward Jakub Voracek said.
“They were a little sloppy.
They’re a tough team.
I think we played a pretty good game and we just wanted to win.”
Cam Ward scored twice and Jonathan Huberdeau added an assist for the Panthers, which won the game for the third time in four games.
Goalie Roberto Luongo gave up a goal on the power play, but the Panthers held on to win for the first time in three games.
“Our guys had a lot of energy and got in front of us,” Sharks forward Logan Couture said.
He scored his second goal of the playoffs in the first overtime of the game.
“The guys are all in the same room together and they’re doing a great job of staying focused and staying together,” Sharks defenseman Ryan Couture added.
“It was definitely a good effort for us.
They were pretty solid, too.
We’ve got to go out there and play a lot better.”
The Panthers had won the previous two games before the shootout.
The Penguins also won Game 7 before a crowd of 4,724 in Pittsburgh on Sunday, March 12, a 6-1 victory over the Anaheim Ducks.
The Predators defeated the Dallas Stars in Game 5 of the Eastern Semifinals.
Nashville has won seven of the last nine meetings.