The Florida Panthers beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 4-2 in Game 1 of their second-round series.

Both teams played aggressively with high hits and the action was fast-paced at both ends of the ice.

Not to mention, the forecheck from both the teams was impressive, as it kept the contest fairly close.

But, the Florida Panthers scored a pair of goals in the second period that made all the difference to win Game 1.

The Florida Panthers’ goaltending was fantastic from the get-go as Sergei Bobrovsky turned away 34 of 36 shots.

At the other end of the ice, the breakaway goal of game by Carter Verhaeghe was the X-factor of the game.

To be more precise, however, the X-factor of the series will be determined by the penalties assessed throughout the series.

The series has a chance to be high-scoring, but close contests are what the Toronto Maple Leafs should aim for.

Both teams want to set the tone early in the contests by being aggressive with their respective forechecks and playing excellent defense.

The series is unpredictable, and the underdog can sometimes be a dominant force, with a trip to the Eastern Conference Final on the line.