No place like home for Panthers after Vegas take 2-0 series lead
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[June 07, 2023]
(Reuters) - A humbled Florida Panthers squad will count on their
home fans to help turn around a dismal start to their Stanley Cup Final
campaign, after the Golden Knights took a 2-0 series lead in Las Vegas
Vegas were considered the overwhelming favourites heading into the
best-of-seven championship series and thus far Goliath has been firmly
in control of David, with the Golden Knights clinching the first two
games 5-2 on Saturday and 7-2 on Monday.
Jun 5, 2023; Las Vegas, Nevada, USA; Florida
Panthers left wing Anthony Duclair (10) battles Vegas Golden Knights
goaltender Adin Hill (33) and defenseman Alex Pietrangelo (7) for the
puck in the third period in game two of the 2023 Stanley Cup Final at
T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports
Florida get a reprieve from the bright lights
of Sin City on Thursday, when they play Game 3 in front of the
same home crowd that propelled their Cinderella run through the
"Going home and playing in front of our amazing fans and the
momentum we've had playing there, like the last month, and
honestly since January we've been a solid home team and you know
we're going to need them," forward Matthew Tkachuk told
The Golden Knights sent four pucks into the net before the
Panthers finally got on the board on Monday, with Canadian
centre Nicolas Roy getting the game winner with a second-period
wrist shot off assists from William Carrier and Zach Whitecloud.
"Parts of our game we know we can improve we are going to have
to get to real fast, there's no doubt about that," said head
coach Paul Maurice.
"We'll have a pretty simple game plan - I don't think it's about
scoring goals in this series because I think it's about
defending the rush and we weren't great at that."
The Panthers play the Golden Knights at FLA Live Arena in Game 3
of the Stanley Cup Finals in Sunrise, Florida.
(Reporting by Amy Tennery in New York; Editing by Toby Davis)
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