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The physicality of the Panthers and Rangers series is overflowing


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Sam Jones
May 25, 2024  (6:41)
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The tension is palpable in the NHL playoffs, especially in the series between the Florida Panthers and the New York Rangers.

This year's playoffs have brought an unprecedented level of physicality and sheer entertainment, setting a new standard for intensity in every game.
The Panthers, known for their gritty playing style, have continued to push boundaries, maintaining their reputation which some criticize as overly aggressive. Their confrontational tactics have been on full display in the clashes with the Rangers, sparking debates about fair play and sportsmanship.
Dmitry Kulikov, a player often spotlighted for his aggressive conduct, is once again at the center of controversy. In a recent game, Kulikov delivered a contentious hit on Alex Wennberg of the Rangers, which resulted in a minor penalty for interference. The hit, coming seconds after Wennberg had released the puck, also included a suspected illegal contact to the head, a crucial detail that went uncalled during the game but might attract further scrutiny from the NHL officials.
This incident occurred shortly after a fierce altercation following a goal by Vincent Trocheck, which marked the first score of the game. The skirmish underscored the escalating hostility between the two teams.
The rivalry has been fueled not only by aggressive play but also by the high stakes of the playoff atmosphere. Despite winning the first game 3-0, the Panthers displayed significant frustration when the Rangers scored first in subsequent matches, a testament to the high emotions running through both teams. As the playoffs progress, the animosity between the Panthers and Rangers only seems to deepen, promising even more drama and excitement as the prospect of facing either team in the Stanley Cup Finals looms large.
With both teams showing no signs of backing down, the ongoing series not only highlights their prowess but also their intense desire to dominate, setting the stage for what could be one of the most memorable playoffs in recent history.
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