Stanley Cup Finals: Aleksander Barkov strikes back
In despair and in need of a break, the Panthers received life late in the second period when a shot from Brandon Montour deflected off the legs of Brayden McNabb and Shea Theodore and into the net.
Then 3:50 into the third period, captain Aleksander Barkov scored, making it a one-goal game. Montour made a backhand pass through the crease to Barkov on the opposite side, who beat Adin Hill for his first point of the series.
Minutes later, Barkov almost notched his second goal to even the score, but he couldn’t push the loose puck across the line.
The Panthers were on their way. Just as they’ve done all postseason, they were going to pull off another miracle comeback. Only it wasn’t meant to be this time.
Stanley Cup Finals: Panthers Mathew Tkachuk battling through injury
Matthew Tkachuk missed 10 minutes in the third period due to a possible injury. He returned with five minutes left and almost played hero again. But this time, Hill made a sensational pad save, securing the victory for Vegas.
Tkachuk had zero points and only recorded three shots. It’s unclear what happened. But he wasn’t shooting during warmups, and he may still be banged up from a previous game where he left because of a concussion protocol after being bodied by Keeegan Kolesar.