The Stanley Cup final is almost upon us. The preparations for the finals have well and truly started as the Florida Panthers await to find out their opponents. The Cats will lock horns against either the Vegas Golden Knights or the Dallas Stars.
While the fans are in a boisterous mood for the finals, broadcasting channels have started promoting the main event. A hilarious moment was recorded during one of these promotions on TNT when former NBA player, Charles Barkley made a pronunciation error on Sergei Bobrovsky’s name.
Recently, he has been working on the NHL coverage after spending time in the studio hosting NBA. In his promo, he praised the team’s performances in the earlier rounds and some of their players for taking center stage. One player whose pronunciation he completed messed up was the Panthers goaltender.
Bobrovsky has been one of the key players in his side’s run to the final. The goaltender is the driving seat to sweep home the Conn Smythe Trophy, given to the playoff MVP. In the playoff rounds, he has stood like a wall in front of the goal and boosted an 11-2 record in the knockout stages this season.
After leading praises for others, Barkley turned his attention to Bobrovsky. However, the next turn of events turned out hilarious as he completely butchered the goaltender’s name. “I’ma just tell you something, Sir-jay Bo-bov-ka, the goalie for the Panthers,” is what he said to open up his sentence.
Will Panthers face Golden Knights or Stars in Stanley Cup finals?
While the Florida Panthers eased through to the next round, thanks to their 4-0 sweep of the Carolina Hurricanes, it has been extremely tight in the other play-off match-up. The Cats are yet to find out whom they will come up against as the Vegas Golden Knights and the Dallas Star continue to jostle to make it through to the final.
At one point it looked like the Golden Knights would be cruising into the finals after going up 3-0 in the series. Their opponents, the Dallas Stars, have since then come back to make things interesting. An overtime winner in Game 4 was followed by a 4-2 victory in Game 5. This development has left the series stranded on an important edge. Should the Stars take Game 6, they will then likely have the chance to produce one of the greatest comebacks in NHL history.
As of writing, the NHL has not announced a clear date for the finals. They have though set a tentative date of June 3 for the first game of the finals to kick-off. If the final goes all the way to Game 7, June 15 could be the date when the season comes to an end. It will be an interesting series that is for certain.
Vinay Dave is a Content Writer and Editor of US Sports at FirstSportz. He currently crafts topics going on the diamonds of Major League Baseball (MLB), the icy arenas of National Hockey League (NHL) and the greens of Golf.
A journalism graduate from Mumbai, Vinay can spotted passionately supporting Manchester City, watching some action-packed anime or singing along to the melodies of Kishore Kumar, Mohammed Rafi and Freddie Mercury in his free time.
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