Vegas-Florida Stanley Cup Final pits top team in West against upstart in East

  • Florida Panthers goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky (72) takes part during an NHL hockey practice Friday, June 2, 2023, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Stanley Cup Final between the Vegas Golden Knights and Florida Panthers is a matchup of contrasting roads through the season and a topsy-turvy NHL playoffs. The Golden Knights won the Western Conference and were a mostly consistent force despite goaltending injuries. The Panthers scuffled at the start before getting hot at the right time. Florida was the last team to qualify for the postseason and the eighth seed in the East before knocking off the league’s best and advancing with goalie Sergei Bobrovsky. Who lifts the Cup will be determined from the net out.