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At practice, the Panthers officially decided on Barkov's injury status


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Sam Jones
June 12, 2024  (9:52)
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At practice, the Panthers officially decided on Barkov's injury status
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Panthers' star Aleksander Barkov is confirmed to lace up for Game 3, quashing concerns over his fitness following a contentious incident in the previous game against the Oilers.

His full participation in today's team practice signals a swift recovery, boosting the Panthers as they continue their playoff journey.
The incident that sparked worry occurred during the closing moments of Game 2 when Oilers' Leon Draisaitl, known for his physical gameplay, delivered a high hit that primarily connected with Barkov's head.
This significant collision not only provoked debates about the intent but also saw Barkov leave the ice assisted by medical staff, casting a pall over the spirit of the match.
Sasha Barkov "wasn't worse" today and should be in "good shape" if he makes progress tomorrow, per Panthers coach Paul Maurice

Barkov, a pivotal figure in thwarting key Oilers players such as McDavid and Draisaitl, is integral to the Panthers' defensive strategy. His return to the lineup is deemed crucial for maintaining their edge over what many consider the NHL's top offensive team.
Panthers coach Paul Maurice shared a measured optimism regarding Barkov's upcoming game presence. "Barkov's integration in practice is a positive indicator of his physical condition and readiness for the next game," Maurice commented during a recent media interaction.
The anticipation of Barkov's participation in Game 3 has significantly lifted spirits within the team and among fans, reinforcing the competitive nature of this series. With Barkov back on ice, the Panthers aim to fortify their defensive prowess against the formidable Oilers.
As the playoffs advance, the focus on Barkov's influence in the upcoming games intensifies, adding a compelling narrative of resilience and determination to this high-stakes matchup.
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At practice, the Panthers officially decided on Barkov's injury status

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