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Panthers left winger Matthew Tkachuk, center, celebrates with his teammates after scoring the game-winning goal against the Hurricanes during the third period of Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals Wednesday in Sunrise, Fla.

SUNRISE, Fla. — Matthew Tkachuk scored a power-play goal with 4.9 seconds left, Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 36 shots to cap off a brilliant series, and the Florida Panthers earned their first trip to the Stanley Cup final in 27 years by beating the Carolina Hurricanes 4-3 on Wednesday night to win the Eastern Conference title in a sweep.

Tkachuk’s goal was his second of the night — and maybe the biggest in Panthers’ history. The Panthers will play either Vegas or Dallas for the Stanley Cup starting sometime next week; Vegas currently leads the Western Conference finals series 3-0.