Panthers not panicking as Golden Knights eye first cup

Florida Panthers were in a deep hole seven weeks ago but found the will and determination to climb out and extend their season

Now panthers Will try to find another way to come back from 3-1 deficit in the series vegas golden nights in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Finals on Tuesday night in Las Vegas

Florida fell 3–1 to the top-seeded Boston Bruins in the opening round of the Eastern Conference playoffs, then rallied to win the series, starting with an overtime road win in Game 5.

“I believe, absolutely, that we have earned the right to play our best hockey in a difficult situation,” said panthers Coach Paul Morris. “All we want to do is get this thing back (in Florida). It’s not a series, it’s not a game, it’s just to get this thing back home and for our fans to see it once again.”

Vegas will have plenty of motivation to raise their first Stanley Cup in team history, especially inside their active home arena.

“It’s a different game than the others,” said Vegas forward Chandler Stephenson. “Too much emotion, too much of everything.”

golden nights taken over panthers In the first two games of the series in Las Vegas, they were shut out 12–4 before Florida tied the score late in regulation of Game 3 and won in overtime

panthers They were unable to bring that momentum back in Game 4 on their home ice in Sunrise, Fla., however, falling behind 3-0 before eventually losing 3-2 on Saturday.

put that golden nights One game away from winning his first Stanley Cup in a position he’s never experienced before

Vegas had reached the Stanley Cup Finals five years earlier in their inaugural season, but lost the series 4–1 to the Washington Capitals.

Stephenson said of Game 5, “Everybody’s going to be in it.” Emotion is going to be high. adrenaline. Everything. confident.”

golden nights Will continue to rely on goaltender Aiden Hill, who has allowed two goals in regulation in each of the first four games of the series

Jonathan Marchesault, who panthers in the 2016–17 season before they golden nights In the expansion draft, has 24 points (13 goals, 11 assists) in 21 playoff games.

Stephenson (10) and William Carlsen (11) have also reached double figures in goals for Vegas this post-season.

panthers Will look to Matthew Tkachuk to give them some early momentum

Tkachuk also averaged 24 points (11 goals, 13 assists) in 20 playoff games, including three goals and three assists in the final three games against the Bruins to lead a comeback in Florida.

“You have to win four,” said Florida center Alexander Barkov. “It’s 3-1. I know they’re one win away, we’re three wins away, but we can only think about one game, make it back to Florida and that’s our goal. That’s what we’re going to do.” Wanna do Vegas, go out there and try to win that game.”

– Field Level Media