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NHL Playoff update: Eastern Conference Finals are set

The Florida Panthers got through the Toronto Maple Leafs to face the Carolina Hurricanes for the right to represent the Eastern Conference in the Stanley Cup Final.

After the Carolina Hurricanes were the first team to advance to the conference final round, they now know their opponent. 

Meanwhile, the Western Conference Finals spots are still up for grabs. 

The Dallas Stars will look to advance on Saturday night, while Vegas will try and do the same a day later.

Florida finishes off Toronto

The Florida Panthers got off to a 3-0 series lead over the Toronto Maple Leafs but were unable to complete the sweep on home ice in Game 4. Instead, they spoiled the Leafs' return home by eliminating them in front of their home crowd in Game 5. 

They got off to a 2-0 lead and never looked back. Down 2-1, the Leafs thought they had tied things up. 

However, their second goal went under a very long 10 minute review and was ultimately waved off. Toronto still ended up tying the game with a few minutes left thanks to a goal by William Nylander.

Cousins makes the difference

However, it was Florida's Nick Cousins who sent them packing for the summer with his overtime goal. 

Florida is +120 on the money line against the Carolina Hurricanes in their Game 1 on Monday night.

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Oilers slip up in Game 5

After tying up the series 2-2 in Edmonton, the Oilers headed back to Vegas trying to be the first team to win back-to-back games in this series. 

On point, it was the Golden Knights who kept the back-and-forth theme going and stole Game 5. 

The Oilers struck first and also held a 2-1 lead, but it was a short minute and 29 seconds that was their demise.

McDavid woe

Following a goal to tie things 2-2, Vegas, of all cities, capitalized on some luck with a pass deflecting off Connor McDavid and in for a goal. 

After notching one a minute later for a 4-2 lead, Edmonton was never able to tie things up and fell 4-3. 

The Oilers are now on the brink of elimination heading into Sunday night's Game 6. With Game 6 in Edmonton, the Oilers are -185 on the money line to even up the series and force a Game 7.

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