Panthers Player is Confident They Can Upset the Bruins

Dorin Canaday
April 15, 2023  (2:31 PM)

Despite the Panthers just managing to secure a spot in the playoffs this season after clinching the Presidents' Trophy in 2021-22, one player stands firm in asserting that his team is not intimidated by the Bruins this year.

As every hockey fan knows, the Boston Bruins crushed the regular season, setting an NHL record for single-season wins (65) and points (135), alongside a slew of other achievements.

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Nevertheless, Panthers' defenseman Radko Gudas openly shared his belief that his team is far from afraid when it comes to facing one of the best teams in history:
''This is the moment that we have been fighting for the whole year. It does not matter what happened in the first 82. This is a whole new season. Anything can happen.''

''Hey man, we're in the playoffs. Let's F***ing go.''

Building on what Gudas said, it's worth noting that Florida was one of only 12 teams to deal the Bruins a regular season defeat this year. Moreover, they were one of just two teams to claim victory over the Bruins twice – the other being the Ottawa Senators.
This track record has given Gudas and his teammates a healthy dose of confidence going into game one:
''I think we are a confident group who believes we can play with anyone. The way we played Boston all season, it gave us confidence. They are the team they are for a reason, but we are in the playoffs for a reason as well. I am excited for the challenge. If you want to win it all, you have to get through the biggest hurdle and that's right from the start for us.''

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The 2019 Tampa Bay Lightning can attest to this, having tied the previous single-season wins record of 62 at that time. Yet, they were shockingly swept in the first round by the 16th-seeded Columbus Blue Jackets, which marked the franchise's inaugural postseason series triumph.
The odds may not be stacked in favor of Gudas and the Panthers, but as the saying goes, "Anything can happen in the playoffs!"
As read on Bruins Insider - Panthers Player Says His Team Isn't Scared of the Boston Bruins.
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