Edmonton Oilers fall behind 2-0 in Stanley Cup Final – Edmonton

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The Florida Panthers took a 2-0 lead in the Stanley Cup Final on Monday night with a 4-1 victory on home ice over the Edmonton Oilers.

“It’s another opportunity for our group to come together and dig our way out,” Oilers captain Connor McDavid said. “It’s supposed to be hard, it’s supposed to be hard and I’m excited to see what our group is made of.”

The Panthers registered the first six shots of the match on net and had a golden opportunity to score first when Warren Foegele was called a five-minute major for Eetu Luostarinen’s kneeling. However, Mattias Janmark was tripped by Oliver Ekman-Larsson as he killed the penalty. With the teams playing four-on-four, Mattias Ekholm beat Sergei Bobrovsky with a two-on-one to make it 1-0 Oilers with 8:43 left in the first. It was the first shot of the game for the Oilers.

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The Panthers had most of the play in the second, tying the score on a Niko Mikkola shot with 10:26 left in the period. Stuart Skinner made a big save on Matthew Tkachuk in a two-on-one. During a Panthers power play, he denied a point-blank look from Sam Bennett. Florida defeated Edmonton 13-3 in the second.

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Early in the third, Evan Rodrigues took away Evan Bouchard’s clearance attempt and beat Skinner over the blocker. Rodrigues added a power play redirection goal with 7:34 on the clock to make it 3–1 and ended the Oilers’ consecutive penalty kill streak at 34.

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The Oilers pulled Skinner for an extra attacker with 5:53 left and continued on the power play not long after when Ekman-Larsson fired the puck over the glass. However, the Oilers could not break through. Aaron Ekblad scored into an empty net with 2:28 to go.

“We have to be better,” McDavid said. “I thought they had gone up a level and we couldn’t match that today.”

Darnell Nurse barely played after a goal from Rodrigues in the first period. Panthers captain Aleksander Barkov did not return after taking an elbow from Leon Draisaitl midway through the third.

The Panthers defeated the Oilers 28-19.

“We just have to take it one game at a time.” said Oilers head coach Kris Knoblauch. “I don’t see any reason to panic or do anything drastic.”

The Oilers host game three on Thursday (630 CHED, Face-off Show at 4 p.m., game at 6 p.m.).

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