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During the national anthem, Edmonton Oilers fans yell taunts at the Panthers


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Sam Jones
June 22, 2024  (7:46)
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During the national anthem, Edmonton Oilers yell taunts at the Panthers
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As Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Finals kicked off, the usual solemnity surrounding the US National Anthem took an unexpected turn.

Edmonton Oilers fans, filled with fervor, seized the moment to taunt Florida Panthers' goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky by loudly chanting his name through the anthem's rendition.
The jeering from the stands began almost immediately as the anthem singer started, a bold move that has stirred mixed reactions across the hockey community. Notably, various responses surfaced online, pointing out the lack of respect typically accorded to national anthems. Amid these critiques, a number of voices from the United States expressed their discontent, highlighting the traditional reverence for the anthem that was overshadowed by the chants.
Many believe such actions during the anthem could tarnish the sportsmanship spirit, yet Oilers fans seemed undeterred, focused on unsettling the Panthers' key player. Online discussions flared, with some defending the strategic aspect of the jeers, while others condemned the move as disrespectful.
On the ice, the impact of the crowd's energy was palpable. The Oilers capitalized early, with Leon Draisaitl setting up a crucial goal that sent a clear message: the Oilers were not going down without a fight. Dominating the first period, their aggressive offense seemed to signal a potential runaway victory, crucial for avoiding elimination.
With the stakes sky-high, the Oilers' relentless effort is a beacon of hope for fans yearning to push the series to a decisive Game 7. As the night progresses, the atmosphere is thick with anticipation, with all eyes on whether the Oilers can sustain their momentum and deny the Panthers the chance to lift the Stanley Cup on Edmonton ice.
Tonight's game is more than a playoff match; it's a testament to the Oilers' resilience and the fiery passion of their supporters. The question remains: will this controversial spark fuel the Oilers to a historic comeback, or will it be a footnote in a season overshadowed by potential defeat? Only time will tell, but for now, Edmonton stands united, ready to battle till the last buzzer.
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During the national anthem, Edmonton Oilers fans yell taunts at the Panthers

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