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Stanley Cup Final underway tonight as the Oilers take on the Panthers

The wait is over and hockey will be back on televisions across North America as the Edmonton Oilers and Florida Panthers drop the puck for game one of the Stanley Cup Final tonight.

In the final for the first time since 2006, the Oilers will look to become the first Canadian team to win the cup since the Montreal Canadians did so in 1993.

The Oilers themselves have not been crowned the champions of the league since 1990.

The start of the series will mark the first time the duo of Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl have made it to the last playoff series of the season, finally getting over the hump of the Western Conference Final.

So far in the playoffs, McDavid has 31 points and Draisaitl is not far behind with 28 points.

The Panthers, on the other hand, are in the big dance for the second consecutive year after losing to the Vegas Golden Knights in five games last season.

If it feels kind of late to start the final, that’s because it is. For reference, when the Canucks lost to Boston in 2011, the final game of the series was held on June 15. The Detroit Red Wings hoisted the Stanley Cup on June 4, 2008.

Puck drop is at 5 pm on Sportsnet and if you are a user of X (formerly known as Twitter), don't click on any links from the Sportsnet account after it was “compromised” earlier today.



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