Panthers vs. Oilers, Game 7: Live Stanley Cup Final updates and score as Edmonton looks to complete historic comeback

“Game seven” may be the two best words in sports, but it may only be surpassed when a team tries to overcome a 3-0 deficit in a series. In the history of North American professional sports with playoff series (NHL, NBA, MLB), 407 teams have taken a 3-0 lead prior to this Stanley Cup Final, and only five teams in the three leagues have blown that lead and lost the series.

The good news for the Edmonton Oilers is that four of those incidents have happened in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, even though the Florida Panthers have home court advantage as the NHL season comes to an epic conclusion in Sunrise, Florida. Connor McDavid turned it on in Games 4 and 5, scoring 8 points (3 goals, 5 assists) while leading Edmonton back into the series, but the Oilers' penalty killing has also been tremendous. Edmonton has stopped 18 of 19 penalties in this series and 46 of the last 47 in the playoffs.

Florida, on the other hand, needs to rebound after losing their last three games 18-5. Sam Reinhart (-3), Matthew Tkachuk (-5) and Carter Verhaeghe (-9) have been completely held in check over the last three games. The Panthers will need to use their big stars to avoid losing in the Cup Final for the second year in a row and becoming the first team since 1942 to lose in the Cup Final despite opening the series with a 3-0 lead.

Stay with Yahoo Sports for live updates from Game 7 of the 2024 Stanley Cup Finals.

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  • End of 2nd period: Panthers 2, Oilers 1

    Thanks to Sam Reinhart's goal late in the second period, the Panthers are now in the lead and Florida has a 17-15 shots advantage over the Oilers.

  • Panthers take 2-1 lead

    After an impressive control by Edmonton, Sam Reinhart of the Panthers gives his team a lead with just under five minutes left in the second half.

  • Edmonton goes on the power play after a questionable foul against Tkachuk, but ultimately comes away empty-handed.

  • End of 1st period: Oilers, Panthers tied 1:1

    Carter Verhaeghe of the Panthers struck first to give the home team the lead, but Mattias Janmark of the Oilers answered just minutes later to tie the score at 1-1. Florida holds a slight advantage in shots on goal over Edmonton, 7-6. That's our tally at the end of the first period.

  • And the Oilers equalize!

    It didn’t take long for Edmonton to react: Mattias Janmark equalized to 1:1.

  • Carter Verhaeghe gets the Panthers going

  • Panthers strike first in the power play and take a 1-0 lead

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  • Alanis Morrisette sings the hymns

  • This postseason, 88.5% of games were decided by a one-goal margin or by two goals with the net empty-net—the highest percentage in a playoff year in NHL history.

    (via NHL Stats)

  • The Panthers increased their odds of winning the Stanley Cup from -3,000 to a coin toss within 9 days

    Here's how the odds for the Panthers to win the Stanley Cup have changed since the Stanley Cup Final began:

    Before Game 1: -130 (bet $130 to win $100)

    Before game 2: -250

    Before Game 3: -550

    Before game 4: -3000

    Before game 5: -1200

    Before game 6: -350

    Before game 7: -110

    When the Oilers and Panthers began Game 4 on June 15, Florida led the series 3-0 and you would have had to bet $3,000 to win $100. The implied odds of a -3,000 favorite to win are 96.7%, and that seemed low for a team leading 3-0 in a playoff series.

    When the Stanley Cup odds were first released before the season, the Panthers' odds to win outright were +1800. When the playoffs began, they were +700. There wasn't a lot of confidence in the Panthers — only 4.6% of bets were on Florida to win outright — but those who owned Panthers tickets had to be feeling really good after Florida took a 3-0 lead. And now those bets are 50/50. The Oilers and Panthers are at even odds of -110 to win Game 7 at BetMGM.

    Read more here.

  • If the Stanley Cup were decided based on the number of fans alone, we would have a clear winner (small sample!).

  • Home advantage? Maybe not for the Panthers.

  • Oilers and Panthers ready for historic Game 7: “This is no ordinary game”

    The Edmonton Oilers or Florida Panthers will win the Stanley Cup on Monday night after Game 7 (8 p.m. ET; ABC). Regardless of the outcome, it will be a historic feat: the first championship for the Panthers or a complete series comeback by the Oilers, something not seen in the Stanley Cup Final since 1942.

    The Oilers have already made history. They are the first NHL team since the 1944-45 Detroit Red Wings to come from a 3-0 deficit in the Cup Final and force a Game 7. With a win on Monday night, they join the 1941-42 Toronto Maple Leafs as the only teams to complete the task.

    “This is not a normal game, everyone knows that, but you have to make it as normal as possible in your head,” Oilers captain Connor McDavid said on Sunday. “Our team has done a great job in those big moments and played our best, and I expect nothing less.”

    After the Panthers' 4-3 win in Game 3, it seemed like Florida would end up being crowned champions. They had the series completely under control and the Oilers had no answer. Even after Edmonton's 8-1 win in Game 4 to avoid elimination, it was believed that the Panthers would rebound and close the game out at home in Game 5.

    But they didn't. The series slipped away from the Panthers and the Oilers woke up, including McDavid, who scored eight points in the victories in Games 4 and 5. Now he's helped put the franchise in the game every young hockey player dreams of.

    You can read the whole story here.

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