Paul Bissonnette delivers the boldest take on who the best forward in the world is at the moment and claims it’s not even up for discussion

The Oilers lost the first two games of the 2024 Stanley Cup Finals but hoped to make it a 2-1 series as it shifted to Edmonton on Thursday.

But now, the Florida Panthers are just one win away from their first-ever championship after defeating the Oilers 4-3 in Game 3.

Florida has a 3-0 lead in the best-of-seven series, and the Edmonton Oilers have a mountain to climb if they want to win their first Cup since 1990.

The Oilers tied the game 1-1 early in Thursday’s second period, but Florida scored three unanswered goals in a 6:19 span in the second period to take a 4-1 lead.

Vladimir Tarasenko scored to make it 2-1 at 9:12, and then Sam Bennett and Aleksander Barkov scored to make it a three-goal game.

Edmonton didn’t go down without a fight, as they scored twice in the third off goals from Philip Broberg and Ryan McLeod. But they couldn’t get the equalizer, and the Panthers could now win the championship with a win on Saturday. 

SUNRISE, FL – MARCH 11: Paul Bissonnette #12 of the Phoenix Coyotes skates prior to the game against the Florida Panthers at the BB&T Center on March 11, 2014 in Sunrise, Florida. The Coyotes defeated the Panthers 3-1. (Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)

Just like several times this playoffs, the Panthers were outshot by their opponents. The Oilers had 35 shots on Thursday, to Florida’s 23, but superstar goalie Sergei Bobrovsky yet again got the best of the other goalie.

But it was another Panther that got the praise from NHL analyst and podcast host Paul Bissonnette.

BizNasty, one of the most well-liked media personalties in hockey, made a bold statement as Panthers took a 3-0 series lead, about forward Aleksander Barkov.

”Barkov is the best forward on the planet. Non negotiable,” Biz wrote on X, formerly Twitter.

SUNRISE, FLORIDA – MAY 28: Sam Reinhart #13 of the Florida Panthers celebrates his game winning goal in overtime with teammates Aleksander Barkov #16 and Matthew Tkachuk #19 against the New York Rangers in Game Four of the Eastern Conference Final at the Amerant Bank Arena on May 28, 2024 in Sunrise, Florida. (Photo by Eliot J. Schechter/NHLI via Getty Images)

It may seem bold to name Barkov as the best forward in the world, but on social media, many agreed with Bissonnette.

”Built for the playoffs. Barkov leads the boys, but the team is solid up and down the lineup,” one said.

”W take. McDavid might be the highest skilled player. But it looks like God molded Barkov to literally play playoff Hockey,” another said.

”Wow you’re finally understanding,” a third added.

”Barkov’s defensive ability has completely neutralized McDavid. The Panthers team is deep, they capitalize on any mistake. Florida is all business,” a fourth said.

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