Panthers sweep Hurricanes, reach Stanley Cup Final for first time since 1996

Courtesy: Florida Panther Twitter
Courtesy: Florida Panther Twitter

(Sunrise, FL) -- The Florida Panthers have punched their ticket to the Stanley Cup Final for the first time since 1996.

Matthew Tkachuk scored with just 4.3-seconds remaining as the Panthers beat the Hurricanes 4-3, sweeping the Eastern Conference Final series 4-0. Tkachuk scored twice for Florida, which will be seeking its first-ever championship after losing to Colorado in its lone appearance back in '96.

The Panthers will meet either Vegas or Dallas in the Stanley Cup Final. The Golden Knights currently lead the West Final series 3-0, with Game Four set for Thursday in Dallas.