The Florida panthers took a 2-0 lead in the Stanley Cup Final


Evan Rodrigues scored twice in the third period, and the Florida Panthers scored four unanswered goals to defeat the Edmonton Oilers 4-1 in the NHL Stanley Cup Final Monday to take a commanding 2-0 lead at Amerant Bank Arena in Sunrise, Florida.
In Game 1 of the series the Oilers failed to net a goal despite outshooting the Panthers 32-18.
On Monday, the roles were somewhat reversed with the Panthers outshooting the Oilers, 22-7 through the first two periods.
Shot attempt after shot attempt, the Panthers struggled to get past Oilers goalie Stuart Skinner.
With his two goals, Rodrigues became the first player in Panthers franchise history with a multi-goal game in the Stanley Cup Final.
The Panthers lost captain Aleksander Barkov midway through the third period, after taking a hit in the head from Oilers forward Leon Draisaitl.
After being shutout in the opening game of the series, the Oilers again failed to get much going offensively.
Their seven shot attempts through the first two periods tied the record for the fewest-ever in Stanley Cup Final history.


At Amerant Bank Arena in Sunrise, Florida, on Monday, the Florida Panthers took a commanding 2-0 lead in the NHL Stanley Cup Final against the Edmonton Oilers thanks to two goals from Evan Rodrigues in the third period and four goals in a row.

“It is unique.”. Rodrigues stated after the game, “Trying to embrace it.”. Making an effort to remain present. After our team’s two impressive victories, I believe we’ve already turned the corner and are preparing for Game 3. “.

Halfway through the first quarter, the Oilers took the lead on their first shot attempt. Superstar Oilers player Connor McDavid found Mattias Ekholm with a perfect pass, and Ekholm skated past the opposition and beat Panthers goalie Sergei Bobrovksy with a wrister five-hole shot to score.

The Oilers outshot the Panthers 32–18 in the opening game of the series, but they were unable to score a goal. The Panthers outshot the Oilers 22-7 in the first two periods of Monday’s game, reversing the roles significantly.

The Panthers were unable to beat Oilers goalie Stuart Skinner on numerous shot attempts. On the other hand, Niko Mikkola had his big break in the second period when he tied the score at one with a one-timer on Skinner’s glove side. From then on, the Panthers’ difficulties finding the back of the net vanished.

After a costly turnover by Evan Bouchard, Rodrigues gave the Panthers a 2-1 lead just over three minutes into the third period by wiring in a shot that deflected off of Ekholm and into the net.

With 7:31 remaining in the third, Rodrigues extended the Panthers’ lead to 3-1 with his second goal of the game and third of the series on a power play. A 34-game streak of consecutive penalty kills by the Oilers was snapped by the power-play goal.

I believe that in the third, we adopted a different mindset and began to approach the game like a 5-on-5 instead of as a power play. About the power-play objective, Rodrigues stated, “They come with a lot of pressure, and if we try to make a cute play, it’s never going to work.”.

In the Stanley Cup Final, Rodrigues scored two goals to become the first player in Panthers history to do so.

With an empty-net goal to seal the win, Aaron Ekblad scored a fourth for the Panthers.

Midway through the third period, Oilers forward Leon Draisaitl struck captain Aleksander Barkov in the head, resulting in Barkov’s loss. He would walk away from the game. A minor penalty for roughing was given to Draisaitl.

The Oilers were unable to muster much offensive momentum after being shut out in the first game of the series.

After two periods, their seven shot attempts tied the record for the fewest in Stanley Cup Final history. After leading the league in shots on goal during the regular season, Edmonton ended up with 19 attempts, and Bobrovsky made 18 saves.

“After the game, we felt that we came here and played well enough to get a split,” Edmonton coach Kris Knoblauch stated. That isn’t always the case. Let’s just focus on each game individually.

“We just need to win the next game. There’s no need to panic or take any extreme action. “.

The Panthers, who began the Stanley Cup Final with a 1-8 record, will head to Edmonton for Game 3 of the series on Thursday night, leading 2-0.

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