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Barkov, Bobrovsky and the Panthers beat the Oilers 4-3 to move within win of Stanley Cup title

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Barkov, Bobrovsky and the Panthers beat the Oilers 4-3 to move within win of Stanley Cup title
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Barkov, Bobrovsky and the Panthers beat the Oilers 4-3 to move within win of Stanley Cup title

2024-06-14 11:51 Last Updated At:12:00

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Following their leaders who got them this far in the playoffs and a winning recipe that has worked all season, the Florida Panthers are on the verge of lifting the Stanley Cup.

Captain Aleksander Barkov set up a goal and scored another, Sergei Bobrovsky made some of the biggest of his 32 saves to thwart a comeback bid and the Panthers held on to beat the Edmonton Oilers 4-3 in Game 3 of the Cup final Thursday night.

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Florida Panthers players celebrate their win over the Edmonton Oilers in Game 3 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Finals, Thursday, June 13, 2024, in Edmonton, Alberta. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Following their leaders who got them this far in the playoffs and a winning recipe that has worked all season, the Florida Panthers are on the verge of lifting the Stanley Cup.

Florida Panthers' Oliver Ekman-Larsson (91) and goalie Sergei Bobrovsky (72) celebrate after defeating the Edmonton Oilers in Game 3 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Finals, Wednesday, June 13, 2024, in Edmonton, Alberta (Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press)

Florida Panthers' Oliver Ekman-Larsson (91) and goalie Sergei Bobrovsky (72) celebrate after defeating the Edmonton Oilers in Game 3 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Finals, Wednesday, June 13, 2024, in Edmonton, Alberta (Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press)

Edmonton Oilers head coach Kris Knoblauch watches play during the first period in Game 3 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Finals against the Florida Panthers, Wednesday, June 13, 2024, in Edmonton, Alberta (Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press)

Edmonton Oilers head coach Kris Knoblauch watches play during the first period in Game 3 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Finals against the Florida Panthers, Wednesday, June 13, 2024, in Edmonton, Alberta (Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press)

Florida Panthers goalie Sergei Bobrovsky (72) looks up as Edmonton Oilers' Adam Henrique (19) knocked him into the net during the first period in Game 3 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Finals, Wednesday, June 13, 2024, in Edmonton, Alberta (Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press)

Florida Panthers goalie Sergei Bobrovsky (72) looks up as Edmonton Oilers' Adam Henrique (19) knocked him into the net during the first period in Game 3 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Finals, Wednesday, June 13, 2024, in Edmonton, Alberta (Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press)

Edmonton Oilers' Warren Foegele (37) and Adam Henrique (19) celebrate a goal against the Florida Panthers during the second period of Game 3 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Finals, Thursday, June 13, 2024, in Edmonton, Alberta. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)

Edmonton Oilers' Warren Foegele (37) and Adam Henrique (19) celebrate a goal against the Florida Panthers during the second period of Game 3 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Finals, Thursday, June 13, 2024, in Edmonton, Alberta. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)

Florida Panthers' Aleksander Barkov (16) celebrates a goal against the Edmonton Oilers during the second period of Game 3 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Finals, Thursday, June 13, 2024, in Edmonton, Alberta. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)

Florida Panthers' Aleksander Barkov (16) celebrates a goal against the Edmonton Oilers during the second period of Game 3 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Finals, Thursday, June 13, 2024, in Edmonton, Alberta. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)

Florida Panthers goalie Sergei Bobrovsky (72) has a laugh with the referee Steve Kozari during the second period of Game 3 of the team's NHL hockey Stanley Cup Finals against the Edmonton Oilers, Thursday, June 13, 2024, in Edmonton, Alberta. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)

Florida Panthers goalie Sergei Bobrovsky (72) has a laugh with the referee Steve Kozari during the second period of Game 3 of the team's NHL hockey Stanley Cup Finals against the Edmonton Oilers, Thursday, June 13, 2024, in Edmonton, Alberta. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)

Florida Panthers goalie Sergei Bobrovsky (72) makes a save on Edmonton Oilers' Connor McDavid (97) during the second period of Game 3 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Finals, Thursday, June 13, 2024, in Edmonton, Alberta. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)

Florida Panthers goalie Sergei Bobrovsky (72) makes a save on Edmonton Oilers' Connor McDavid (97) during the second period of Game 3 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Finals, Thursday, June 13, 2024, in Edmonton, Alberta. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)

Florida Panthers' goalie Sergei Bobrovsky (72) makes a save as Edmonton Oilers' Adam Henrique (19) screens during the second period of Game 3 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Finals, Thursday, June 13, 2024, in Edmonton, Alberta. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)

Florida Panthers' goalie Sergei Bobrovsky (72) makes a save as Edmonton Oilers' Adam Henrique (19) screens during the second period of Game 3 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Finals, Thursday, June 13, 2024, in Edmonton, Alberta. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)

Florida Panthers celebrate a goal against the Edmonton Oilers during the second period of Game 3 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Finals, Thursday, June 13, 2024, in Edmonton, Alberta. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)

Florida Panthers celebrate a goal against the Edmonton Oilers during the second period of Game 3 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Finals, Thursday, June 13, 2024, in Edmonton, Alberta. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)

Florida Panthers' Aleksander Barkov (16) scores on Edmonton Oilers goalie Stuart Skinner (74) during the second period of Game 3 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Finals, Thursday, June 13, 2024, in Edmonton, Alberta. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)

Florida Panthers' Aleksander Barkov (16) scores on Edmonton Oilers goalie Stuart Skinner (74) during the second period of Game 3 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Finals, Thursday, June 13, 2024, in Edmonton, Alberta. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)

Florida Panthers head coach Paul Maurice watches the scoreboard during the first period in Game 3 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Finals against the Edmonton Oilers, Wednesday, June 13, 2024, in Edmonton, Alberta (Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press)

Florida Panthers head coach Paul Maurice watches the scoreboard during the first period in Game 3 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Finals against the Edmonton Oilers, Wednesday, June 13, 2024, in Edmonton, Alberta (Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press)

Florida Panthers' Sam Bennett (9) celebrates his goal against the Edmonton Oilers during the second period in Game 3 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Finals, Wednesday, June 13, 2024, in Edmonton, Alberta (Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press)

Florida Panthers' Sam Bennett (9) celebrates his goal against the Edmonton Oilers during the second period in Game 3 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Finals, Wednesday, June 13, 2024, in Edmonton, Alberta (Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press)

Florida Panthers' Aleksander Barkov (16) celebrates his goal against the Edmonton Oilers with Evan Rodrigues (17) during the second period in Game 3 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Finals, Wednesday, June 13, 2024, in Edmonton, Alberta (Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press)

Florida Panthers' Aleksander Barkov (16) celebrates his goal against the Edmonton Oilers with Evan Rodrigues (17) during the second period in Game 3 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Finals, Wednesday, June 13, 2024, in Edmonton, Alberta (Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press)

Florida Panthers celebrate a goal against the Edmonton Oilers during the second period of Game 3 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Finals, Thursday, June 13, 2024, in Edmonton, Alberta. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)

Florida Panthers celebrate a goal against the Edmonton Oilers during the second period of Game 3 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Finals, Thursday, June 13, 2024, in Edmonton, Alberta. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)

Florida Panthers' Dmitry Kulikov (7) and Edmonton Oilers' Dylan Holloway (55) rough it up during the second period of Game 3 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Finals, Thursday, June 13, 2024, in Edmonton, Alberta. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)

Florida Panthers' Dmitry Kulikov (7) and Edmonton Oilers' Dylan Holloway (55) rough it up during the second period of Game 3 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Finals, Thursday, June 13, 2024, in Edmonton, Alberta. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)

Florida Panthers' Vladimir Tarasenko (10) celebrates his goal with teammate Eetu Luostarinen (27) as Edmonton Oilers' Cody Ceci (5) reacts during the second period in Game 3 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Finals, Wednesday, June 13, 2024, in Edmonton, Alberta (Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press)

Florida Panthers' Vladimir Tarasenko (10) celebrates his goal with teammate Eetu Luostarinen (27) as Edmonton Oilers' Cody Ceci (5) reacts during the second period in Game 3 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Finals, Wednesday, June 13, 2024, in Edmonton, Alberta (Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press)

Edmonton Oilers goalie Stuart Skinner (74) reacts after a Florida Panthers goal during the second period in Game 3 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Finals, Wednesday, June 13, 2024, in Edmonton, Alberta (Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press)

Edmonton Oilers goalie Stuart Skinner (74) reacts after a Florida Panthers goal during the second period in Game 3 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Finals, Wednesday, June 13, 2024, in Edmonton, Alberta (Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press)

Florida Panthers goalie Sergei Bobrovsky (72) makes a save against the Edmonton Oilers during the second period in Game 3 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Finals, Wednesday, June 13, 2024, in Edmonton, Alberta (Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press)

Florida Panthers goalie Sergei Bobrovsky (72) makes a save against the Edmonton Oilers during the second period in Game 3 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Finals, Wednesday, June 13, 2024, in Edmonton, Alberta (Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press)

Edmonton Oilers goalie Stuart Skinner (74) is scored on by the Florida Panthers during the second period in Game 3 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Finals, Wednesday, June 13, 2024, in Edmonton, Alberta (Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press)

Edmonton Oilers goalie Stuart Skinner (74) is scored on by the Florida Panthers during the second period in Game 3 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Finals, Wednesday, June 13, 2024, in Edmonton, Alberta (Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press)

Florida Panthers' goalie Sergei Bobrovsky (72) makes a save on Edmonton Oilers' Zach Hyman (18) as Dmitry Kulikov (7) defends during the second period of Game 3 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Finals, Thursday, June 13, 2024, in Edmonton, Alberta. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)

Florida Panthers' goalie Sergei Bobrovsky (72) makes a save on Edmonton Oilers' Zach Hyman (18) as Dmitry Kulikov (7) defends during the second period of Game 3 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Finals, Thursday, June 13, 2024, in Edmonton, Alberta. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)

Florida Panthers' Aleksander Barkov (16) celebrates his goal against the Edmonton Oilers with Niko Mikkola (77) and Evan Rodrigues (17) during the second period in Game 3 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Finals, Wednesday, June 13, 2024, in Edmonton, Alberta (Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press)

Florida Panthers' Aleksander Barkov (16) celebrates his goal against the Edmonton Oilers with Niko Mikkola (77) and Evan Rodrigues (17) during the second period in Game 3 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Finals, Wednesday, June 13, 2024, in Edmonton, Alberta (Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press)

Florida Panthers' Sam Bennett (9) celebrates his goal as Edmonton Oilers' Darnell Nurse (25), Philip Broberg (86) and goalie Stuart Skinner (74) look on during the second period in Game 3 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Finals, Wednesday, June 13, 2024, in Edmonton, Alberta. (Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press)

Florida Panthers' Sam Bennett (9) celebrates his goal as Edmonton Oilers' Darnell Nurse (25), Philip Broberg (86) and goalie Stuart Skinner (74) look on during the second period in Game 3 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Finals, Wednesday, June 13, 2024, in Edmonton, Alberta. (Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press)

Florida Panthers' Sam Bennett (9) gets away from Edmonton Oilers' Mattias Janmark (13) and Connor Brown (28) during the first period of Game 3 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Finals, Thursday, June 13, 2024, in Edmonton, Alberta. (Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press via AP)

Florida Panthers' Sam Bennett (9) gets away from Edmonton Oilers' Mattias Janmark (13) and Connor Brown (28) during the first period of Game 3 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Finals, Thursday, June 13, 2024, in Edmonton, Alberta. (Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press via AP)

Florida Panthers goalie Sergei Bobrovsky (72) jumps on the puck as Edmonton Oilers' Leon Draisaitl (29) looks on during the first period in Game 3 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Finals, Wednesday, June 13, 2024, in Edmonton, Alberta (Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press)

Florida Panthers goalie Sergei Bobrovsky (72) jumps on the puck as Edmonton Oilers' Leon Draisaitl (29) looks on during the first period in Game 3 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Finals, Wednesday, June 13, 2024, in Edmonton, Alberta (Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press)

Florida Panthers' Matthew Tkachuk (19) checks Edmonton Oilers' Warren Foegele (37) during the first period in Game 3 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Finals, Wednesday, June 13, 2024, in Edmonton, Alberta (Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press)

Florida Panthers' Matthew Tkachuk (19) checks Edmonton Oilers' Warren Foegele (37) during the first period in Game 3 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Finals, Wednesday, June 13, 2024, in Edmonton, Alberta (Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press)

Florida Panthers goalie Sergei Bobrovsky (72) looks on as Brandon Montour (62) and Edmonton Oilers' Mattias Janmark (13) swat at the puck during the first period in Game 3 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Finals, Wednesday, June 13, 2024, in Edmonton, Alberta (Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press)

Florida Panthers goalie Sergei Bobrovsky (72) looks on as Brandon Montour (62) and Edmonton Oilers' Mattias Janmark (13) swat at the puck during the first period in Game 3 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Finals, Wednesday, June 13, 2024, in Edmonton, Alberta (Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press)

Florida Panthers' Dmitry Kulikov (7) elbows Edmonton Oilers' Adam Henrique (19) in front of goalie Sergei Bobrovsky (72) during the first period in Game 3 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Finals, Wednesday, June 13, 2024, in Edmonton, Alberta (Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press)

Florida Panthers' Dmitry Kulikov (7) elbows Edmonton Oilers' Adam Henrique (19) in front of goalie Sergei Bobrovsky (72) during the first period in Game 3 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Finals, Wednesday, June 13, 2024, in Edmonton, Alberta (Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press)

Florida Panthers' Sam Reinhart (13) celebrates his goal with teammates during the first period in Game 3 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Finals against the Edmonton Oilers, Wednesday, June 13, 2024, in Edmonton, Alberta (Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press)

Florida Panthers' Sam Reinhart (13) celebrates his goal with teammates during the first period in Game 3 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Finals against the Edmonton Oilers, Wednesday, June 13, 2024, in Edmonton, Alberta (Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press)

Florida Panthers' Sam Reinhart (13) celebrates his goal with teammates during the first period in Game 3 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Finals against the Edmonton Oilers, Wednesday, June 13, 2024, in Edmonton, Alberta (Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press)

Florida Panthers' Sam Reinhart (13) celebrates his goal with teammates during the first period in Game 3 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Finals against the Edmonton Oilers, Wednesday, June 13, 2024, in Edmonton, Alberta (Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press)

Florida Panthers goalie Sergei Bobrovsky (72) makes a save against the Edmonton Oilers during the first period in Game 3 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Finals, Wednesday, June 13, 2024, in Edmonton, Alberta (Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press)

Florida Panthers goalie Sergei Bobrovsky (72) makes a save against the Edmonton Oilers during the first period in Game 3 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Finals, Wednesday, June 13, 2024, in Edmonton, Alberta (Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press)

Florida Panthers' Gustav Forsling (42), Aleksander Barkov (16) and Sam Reinhart (13) celebrate a goal against the Edmonton Oilers during the first period of Game 3 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Finals, Thursday, June 13, 2024, in Edmonton, Alberta. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)

Florida Panthers' Gustav Forsling (42), Aleksander Barkov (16) and Sam Reinhart (13) celebrate a goal against the Edmonton Oilers during the first period of Game 3 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Finals, Thursday, June 13, 2024, in Edmonton, Alberta. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)

Florida Panthers' Aleksander Barkov (16) and Edmonton Oilers' Mattias Ekholm (14) vie for the puck during the first period of Game 3 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Finals, Thursday, June 13, 2024, in Edmonton, Alberta. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)

Florida Panthers' Aleksander Barkov (16) and Edmonton Oilers' Mattias Ekholm (14) vie for the puck during the first period of Game 3 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Finals, Thursday, June 13, 2024, in Edmonton, Alberta. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)

They can win the first title in franchise history as soon as Game 4 on Saturday night in Edmonton.

“We know it’s going to be the hardest game for sure,” Barkov said. “We don’t take anything for granted. Every single day is one day at a time. Whether it’s one period, one shift, we take it one at a time. That’s how we’ve been all year.”

Florida took another step toward hockey’s mountaintop by pouncing on a handful of Edmonton turnovers and keeping Connor McDavid from scoring a goal. A late rally got the Oilers within one but fell short, as the Panthers leaned on Bobrovsky, who made a highlight-reel stop on Ryan McLeod in the final minutes to preserve the victory.

“They are a very skillful offensive team," Bobrovsky said. “They’re going to make plays. You just focus on each and every one and it’s a fun challenge. It’s a fun challenge to play against them because they bring the best.”

Long before that, Barkov forced one of the giveaways by Evan Bouchard seconds before Sam Reinhart’s goal, netminder Stuart Skinner coughed up the puck on Vladimir Tarasenko’s, and Darnell Nurse gave it away on Sam Bennett’s.

“We let them take that momentum and stride with it,” Skinner said. "Just kind of silly mistakes. That doesn't need to happen.”

Barkov had one of the signature moments by getting past the defense and beating Skinner on a breakaway, quieting for some time the crowd fired up for the first Stanley Cup Final game with fans in Edmonton since 2006. That trip also ended in defeat.

To avoid that fate, the Oilers will need to complete a 3-0 comeback done just four times in NHL playoff history — and once in the final all the way back in 1942 — to end Canada’s Cup drought.

The last year a team based in Canada won it was Montreal in 1993, months before the Panthers’ inaugural season. Until this series, they had gone 1-8 in the final.

Behind Barkov and Bobrovsky, Florida has totally flipped that script. The two leading candidates for the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP were arguably the two best players on the ice in Game 3, including Barkov bouncing back from a high hit from Leon Draisaitl that knocked him out of Game 2 on Monday night.

“Just from the start, our compete and our will and the want to win this one was huge,” Bennett said. “Everyone down to our goalie were battling their butts off. It was nice to see the effort. You either have it, or you don’t. We have 23 dogs on our team that have that will. You either have it, or you don’t.”

Another big reason the Panthers got here, winger Matthew Tkachuk, also had a big assist and was responsible for turning up the pressure on Edmonton.

The Oilers wilted under it, losing a game in which they largely the better team but could not overcome ill-timed miscues. Skinner allowed four goals on 23 shots and Warren Foegele, Philip Broberg and McLeod scored, while McDavid for the first time all playoffs looked frustrated and out of sorts.

“We’re trying to figure them out," said McDavid, who put five shots on net. “We haven’t beat them in three games. We’ve had stretches that are good, stretches that are bad.”

Bogging down elite opponents, defending them to the point of second-guessing their ability to score, is a huge part of the Panthers’ style and a big reason they are on the league’s biggest stage and putting the cold ones on ice for a potential championship celebration 2,500 miles from home.

By holding on to beat Edmonton on Thursday night, they also showed no ill effects from waiting to fly from South Florida to Alberta, a decision that was questioned when their plane was delayed by storms and got in a few hours late Wednesday — less than 24 hours before puck drop. Instead of looking jet-lagged, the Panthers were primed to pounce on opportunities to score and delivered when it mattered most.

“We keep staying with the moment,” Bobrovsky said. “We don’t think too much ahead of ourselves. We’re just staying with the moment and enjoy the moment.”

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Florida Panthers players celebrate their win over the Edmonton Oilers in Game 3 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Finals, Thursday, June 13, 2024, in Edmonton, Alberta. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)

Florida Panthers players celebrate their win over the Edmonton Oilers in Game 3 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Finals, Thursday, June 13, 2024, in Edmonton, Alberta. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)

Florida Panthers' Oliver Ekman-Larsson (91) and goalie Sergei Bobrovsky (72) celebrate after defeating the Edmonton Oilers in Game 3 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Finals, Wednesday, June 13, 2024, in Edmonton, Alberta (Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press)

Florida Panthers' Oliver Ekman-Larsson (91) and goalie Sergei Bobrovsky (72) celebrate after defeating the Edmonton Oilers in Game 3 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Finals, Wednesday, June 13, 2024, in Edmonton, Alberta (Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press)

Edmonton Oilers head coach Kris Knoblauch watches play during the first period in Game 3 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Finals against the Florida Panthers, Wednesday, June 13, 2024, in Edmonton, Alberta (Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press)

Edmonton Oilers head coach Kris Knoblauch watches play during the first period in Game 3 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Finals against the Florida Panthers, Wednesday, June 13, 2024, in Edmonton, Alberta (Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press)

Florida Panthers goalie Sergei Bobrovsky (72) looks up as Edmonton Oilers' Adam Henrique (19) knocked him into the net during the first period in Game 3 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Finals, Wednesday, June 13, 2024, in Edmonton, Alberta (Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press)

Florida Panthers goalie Sergei Bobrovsky (72) looks up as Edmonton Oilers' Adam Henrique (19) knocked him into the net during the first period in Game 3 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Finals, Wednesday, June 13, 2024, in Edmonton, Alberta (Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press)

Edmonton Oilers' Warren Foegele (37) and Adam Henrique (19) celebrate a goal against the Florida Panthers during the second period of Game 3 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Finals, Thursday, June 13, 2024, in Edmonton, Alberta. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)

Edmonton Oilers' Warren Foegele (37) and Adam Henrique (19) celebrate a goal against the Florida Panthers during the second period of Game 3 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Finals, Thursday, June 13, 2024, in Edmonton, Alberta. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)

Florida Panthers' Aleksander Barkov (16) celebrates a goal against the Edmonton Oilers during the second period of Game 3 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Finals, Thursday, June 13, 2024, in Edmonton, Alberta. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)

Florida Panthers' Aleksander Barkov (16) celebrates a goal against the Edmonton Oilers during the second period of Game 3 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Finals, Thursday, June 13, 2024, in Edmonton, Alberta. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)

Florida Panthers goalie Sergei Bobrovsky (72) has a laugh with the referee Steve Kozari during the second period of Game 3 of the team's NHL hockey Stanley Cup Finals against the Edmonton Oilers, Thursday, June 13, 2024, in Edmonton, Alberta. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)

Florida Panthers goalie Sergei Bobrovsky (72) has a laugh with the referee Steve Kozari during the second period of Game 3 of the team's NHL hockey Stanley Cup Finals against the Edmonton Oilers, Thursday, June 13, 2024, in Edmonton, Alberta. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)

Florida Panthers goalie Sergei Bobrovsky (72) makes a save on Edmonton Oilers' Connor McDavid (97) during the second period of Game 3 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Finals, Thursday, June 13, 2024, in Edmonton, Alberta. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)

Florida Panthers goalie Sergei Bobrovsky (72) makes a save on Edmonton Oilers' Connor McDavid (97) during the second period of Game 3 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Finals, Thursday, June 13, 2024, in Edmonton, Alberta. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)

Florida Panthers' goalie Sergei Bobrovsky (72) makes a save as Edmonton Oilers' Adam Henrique (19) screens during the second period of Game 3 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Finals, Thursday, June 13, 2024, in Edmonton, Alberta. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)

Florida Panthers' goalie Sergei Bobrovsky (72) makes a save as Edmonton Oilers' Adam Henrique (19) screens during the second period of Game 3 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Finals, Thursday, June 13, 2024, in Edmonton, Alberta. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)

Florida Panthers celebrate a goal against the Edmonton Oilers during the second period of Game 3 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Finals, Thursday, June 13, 2024, in Edmonton, Alberta. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)

Florida Panthers celebrate a goal against the Edmonton Oilers during the second period of Game 3 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Finals, Thursday, June 13, 2024, in Edmonton, Alberta. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)

Florida Panthers' Aleksander Barkov (16) scores on Edmonton Oilers goalie Stuart Skinner (74) during the second period of Game 3 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Finals, Thursday, June 13, 2024, in Edmonton, Alberta. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)

Florida Panthers' Aleksander Barkov (16) scores on Edmonton Oilers goalie Stuart Skinner (74) during the second period of Game 3 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Finals, Thursday, June 13, 2024, in Edmonton, Alberta. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)

Florida Panthers head coach Paul Maurice watches the scoreboard during the first period in Game 3 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Finals against the Edmonton Oilers, Wednesday, June 13, 2024, in Edmonton, Alberta (Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press)

Florida Panthers head coach Paul Maurice watches the scoreboard during the first period in Game 3 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Finals against the Edmonton Oilers, Wednesday, June 13, 2024, in Edmonton, Alberta (Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press)

Florida Panthers' Sam Bennett (9) celebrates his goal against the Edmonton Oilers during the second period in Game 3 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Finals, Wednesday, June 13, 2024, in Edmonton, Alberta (Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press)

Florida Panthers' Sam Bennett (9) celebrates his goal against the Edmonton Oilers during the second period in Game 3 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Finals, Wednesday, June 13, 2024, in Edmonton, Alberta (Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press)

Florida Panthers' Aleksander Barkov (16) celebrates his goal against the Edmonton Oilers with Evan Rodrigues (17) during the second period in Game 3 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Finals, Wednesday, June 13, 2024, in Edmonton, Alberta (Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press)

Florida Panthers' Aleksander Barkov (16) celebrates his goal against the Edmonton Oilers with Evan Rodrigues (17) during the second period in Game 3 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Finals, Wednesday, June 13, 2024, in Edmonton, Alberta (Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press)

Florida Panthers celebrate a goal against the Edmonton Oilers during the second period of Game 3 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Finals, Thursday, June 13, 2024, in Edmonton, Alberta. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)

Florida Panthers celebrate a goal against the Edmonton Oilers during the second period of Game 3 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Finals, Thursday, June 13, 2024, in Edmonton, Alberta. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)

Florida Panthers' Dmitry Kulikov (7) and Edmonton Oilers' Dylan Holloway (55) rough it up during the second period of Game 3 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Finals, Thursday, June 13, 2024, in Edmonton, Alberta. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)

Florida Panthers' Dmitry Kulikov (7) and Edmonton Oilers' Dylan Holloway (55) rough it up during the second period of Game 3 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Finals, Thursday, June 13, 2024, in Edmonton, Alberta. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)

Florida Panthers' Vladimir Tarasenko (10) celebrates his goal with teammate Eetu Luostarinen (27) as Edmonton Oilers' Cody Ceci (5) reacts during the second period in Game 3 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Finals, Wednesday, June 13, 2024, in Edmonton, Alberta (Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press)

Florida Panthers' Vladimir Tarasenko (10) celebrates his goal with teammate Eetu Luostarinen (27) as Edmonton Oilers' Cody Ceci (5) reacts during the second period in Game 3 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Finals, Wednesday, June 13, 2024, in Edmonton, Alberta (Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press)

Edmonton Oilers goalie Stuart Skinner (74) reacts after a Florida Panthers goal during the second period in Game 3 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Finals, Wednesday, June 13, 2024, in Edmonton, Alberta (Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press)

Edmonton Oilers goalie Stuart Skinner (74) reacts after a Florida Panthers goal during the second period in Game 3 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Finals, Wednesday, June 13, 2024, in Edmonton, Alberta (Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press)

Florida Panthers goalie Sergei Bobrovsky (72) makes a save against the Edmonton Oilers during the second period in Game 3 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Finals, Wednesday, June 13, 2024, in Edmonton, Alberta (Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press)

Florida Panthers goalie Sergei Bobrovsky (72) makes a save against the Edmonton Oilers during the second period in Game 3 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Finals, Wednesday, June 13, 2024, in Edmonton, Alberta (Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press)

Edmonton Oilers goalie Stuart Skinner (74) is scored on by the Florida Panthers during the second period in Game 3 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Finals, Wednesday, June 13, 2024, in Edmonton, Alberta (Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press)

Edmonton Oilers goalie Stuart Skinner (74) is scored on by the Florida Panthers during the second period in Game 3 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Finals, Wednesday, June 13, 2024, in Edmonton, Alberta (Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press)

Florida Panthers' goalie Sergei Bobrovsky (72) makes a save on Edmonton Oilers' Zach Hyman (18) as Dmitry Kulikov (7) defends during the second period of Game 3 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Finals, Thursday, June 13, 2024, in Edmonton, Alberta. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)

Florida Panthers' goalie Sergei Bobrovsky (72) makes a save on Edmonton Oilers' Zach Hyman (18) as Dmitry Kulikov (7) defends during the second period of Game 3 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Finals, Thursday, June 13, 2024, in Edmonton, Alberta. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)

Florida Panthers' Aleksander Barkov (16) celebrates his goal against the Edmonton Oilers with Niko Mikkola (77) and Evan Rodrigues (17) during the second period in Game 3 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Finals, Wednesday, June 13, 2024, in Edmonton, Alberta (Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press)

Florida Panthers' Aleksander Barkov (16) celebrates his goal against the Edmonton Oilers with Niko Mikkola (77) and Evan Rodrigues (17) during the second period in Game 3 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Finals, Wednesday, June 13, 2024, in Edmonton, Alberta (Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press)

Florida Panthers' Sam Bennett (9) celebrates his goal as Edmonton Oilers' Darnell Nurse (25), Philip Broberg (86) and goalie Stuart Skinner (74) look on during the second period in Game 3 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Finals, Wednesday, June 13, 2024, in Edmonton, Alberta. (Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press)

Florida Panthers' Sam Bennett (9) celebrates his goal as Edmonton Oilers' Darnell Nurse (25), Philip Broberg (86) and goalie Stuart Skinner (74) look on during the second period in Game 3 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Finals, Wednesday, June 13, 2024, in Edmonton, Alberta. (Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press)

Florida Panthers' Sam Bennett (9) gets away from Edmonton Oilers' Mattias Janmark (13) and Connor Brown (28) during the first period of Game 3 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Finals, Thursday, June 13, 2024, in Edmonton, Alberta. (Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press via AP)

Florida Panthers' Sam Bennett (9) gets away from Edmonton Oilers' Mattias Janmark (13) and Connor Brown (28) during the first period of Game 3 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Finals, Thursday, June 13, 2024, in Edmonton, Alberta. (Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press via AP)

Florida Panthers goalie Sergei Bobrovsky (72) jumps on the puck as Edmonton Oilers' Leon Draisaitl (29) looks on during the first period in Game 3 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Finals, Wednesday, June 13, 2024, in Edmonton, Alberta (Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press)

Florida Panthers goalie Sergei Bobrovsky (72) jumps on the puck as Edmonton Oilers' Leon Draisaitl (29) looks on during the first period in Game 3 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Finals, Wednesday, June 13, 2024, in Edmonton, Alberta (Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press)

Florida Panthers' Matthew Tkachuk (19) checks Edmonton Oilers' Warren Foegele (37) during the first period in Game 3 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Finals, Wednesday, June 13, 2024, in Edmonton, Alberta (Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press)

Florida Panthers' Matthew Tkachuk (19) checks Edmonton Oilers' Warren Foegele (37) during the first period in Game 3 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Finals, Wednesday, June 13, 2024, in Edmonton, Alberta (Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press)

Florida Panthers goalie Sergei Bobrovsky (72) looks on as Brandon Montour (62) and Edmonton Oilers' Mattias Janmark (13) swat at the puck during the first period in Game 3 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Finals, Wednesday, June 13, 2024, in Edmonton, Alberta (Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press)

Florida Panthers goalie Sergei Bobrovsky (72) looks on as Brandon Montour (62) and Edmonton Oilers' Mattias Janmark (13) swat at the puck during the first period in Game 3 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Finals, Wednesday, June 13, 2024, in Edmonton, Alberta (Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press)

Florida Panthers' Dmitry Kulikov (7) elbows Edmonton Oilers' Adam Henrique (19) in front of goalie Sergei Bobrovsky (72) during the first period in Game 3 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Finals, Wednesday, June 13, 2024, in Edmonton, Alberta (Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press)

Florida Panthers' Dmitry Kulikov (7) elbows Edmonton Oilers' Adam Henrique (19) in front of goalie Sergei Bobrovsky (72) during the first period in Game 3 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Finals, Wednesday, June 13, 2024, in Edmonton, Alberta (Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press)

Florida Panthers' Sam Reinhart (13) celebrates his goal with teammates during the first period in Game 3 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Finals against the Edmonton Oilers, Wednesday, June 13, 2024, in Edmonton, Alberta (Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press)

Florida Panthers' Sam Reinhart (13) celebrates his goal with teammates during the first period in Game 3 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Finals against the Edmonton Oilers, Wednesday, June 13, 2024, in Edmonton, Alberta (Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press)

Florida Panthers' Sam Reinhart (13) celebrates his goal with teammates during the first period in Game 3 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Finals against the Edmonton Oilers, Wednesday, June 13, 2024, in Edmonton, Alberta (Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press)

Florida Panthers' Sam Reinhart (13) celebrates his goal with teammates during the first period in Game 3 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Finals against the Edmonton Oilers, Wednesday, June 13, 2024, in Edmonton, Alberta (Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press)

Florida Panthers goalie Sergei Bobrovsky (72) makes a save against the Edmonton Oilers during the first period in Game 3 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Finals, Wednesday, June 13, 2024, in Edmonton, Alberta (Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press)

Florida Panthers goalie Sergei Bobrovsky (72) makes a save against the Edmonton Oilers during the first period in Game 3 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Finals, Wednesday, June 13, 2024, in Edmonton, Alberta (Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press)

Florida Panthers' Gustav Forsling (42), Aleksander Barkov (16) and Sam Reinhart (13) celebrate a goal against the Edmonton Oilers during the first period of Game 3 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Finals, Thursday, June 13, 2024, in Edmonton, Alberta. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)

Florida Panthers' Gustav Forsling (42), Aleksander Barkov (16) and Sam Reinhart (13) celebrate a goal against the Edmonton Oilers during the first period of Game 3 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Finals, Thursday, June 13, 2024, in Edmonton, Alberta. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)

Florida Panthers' Aleksander Barkov (16) and Edmonton Oilers' Mattias Ekholm (14) vie for the puck during the first period of Game 3 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Finals, Thursday, June 13, 2024, in Edmonton, Alberta. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)

Florida Panthers' Aleksander Barkov (16) and Edmonton Oilers' Mattias Ekholm (14) vie for the puck during the first period of Game 3 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Finals, Thursday, June 13, 2024, in Edmonton, Alberta. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Two-time World Series MVP Corey Seager has been named to the American League All-Star roster as a replacement for injured Minnesota shortstop Carlos Correa, giving the reigning champion and host Texas Rangers a third player in Tuesday night's game.

Correa was held out of Minnesota's 3-2 loss at San Francisco on Sunday after undergoing an MRI which revealed plantar fasciitis in his right foot. Correa is still expected to attend the All-Star activities in Arlington, Texas.

Seager, going to his fifth All-Star Game, will join Texas second baseman Marcus Semien and reliever Kirby Yates on the AL squad for Rangers manager Bruce Bochy. Semien is replacing Houston’s Jose Altuve as the AL's starting second baseman.

Altuve will sit out the game to rest his left hand, which has been sore since he was hit by a 94.3 mph slider from Minnesota’s Josh Winder on July 5.

Seager is hitting .270 with 18 homers and 48 RBIs. He has now been an All-Star in each of his three seasons since signing a $325 million, 10-year deal with the Rangers after the 2021 season.

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Texas Rangers' Corey Seager watches his two-run home run during the first inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels, Monday, July 8, 2024, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Ryan Sun)

Texas Rangers' Corey Seager watches his two-run home run during the first inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels, Monday, July 8, 2024, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Ryan Sun)

Texas Rangers' Corey Seager, right, celebrates after his two-run home run with Marcus Semien during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Houston Astros, Friday, July 12, 2024, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)

Texas Rangers' Corey Seager, right, celebrates after his two-run home run with Marcus Semien during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Houston Astros, Friday, July 12, 2024, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)

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