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Panthers captain Aleksander Barkov to play in Game 3 of Stanley Cup final

By The Canadian Press on June 13, 2024.

Florida Panthers centre Aleksander Barkov (16) kneels on the ice after he was injured during the third period of Game 2 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Finals against the Edmonton Oilers on June 10, 2024, in Sunrise, Fla. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Wilfredo Lee

EDMONTON – Aleksander Barkov is good to go for Game 3 of the Stanley Cup final.

The Panthers captain was a question mark for Thursday after taking a forearm to the jaw from Edmonton Oilers centre Leon Draisaitl midway through the third period of Monday’s 4-1 victory that put Florida up 2-0 in the title series.

Head coach Paul Maurice added winger Vladimir Tarasenko (undisclosed) would also play.

The winner of this year’s Selke Trophy as the NHL’s top defensive forward, Barkov practised Wednesday before the team flew to the Alberta capital after not returning to action in Game 2.

The Oilers, meanwhile, have a couple of injury question marks heading into the crucial tilt at Rogers Place, including the status of defenceman Darnell Nurse (suspected hip injury) and winger Evander Kane (sports hernia). Veteran forward Corey Perry is also expected to dress after sitting out Game 2 as a healthy scratch.

Game 4 of the best-of-seven series goes Monday.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published June 13, 2024.

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