Golden Knights nip Panthers to move game away from Stanley Cup title
The Vegas Golden Knights are one win away from their first Stanley Cup title after a thrilling 3-2 victory against the Florida Panthers in Game 4. With just seconds remaining in the match, a fracas broke out, resulting in helmets, gloves, sticks, and plastic rats littering the ice, though none of it changed the result of the match. The Panthers, who are the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference and the final team to qualify for the playoffs, clawed back into the game, but their rally fell short, putting them on the brink of an improbable run coming to an end.
Chandler Stephenson scored twice for the Golden Knights, and William Karlsson ended his series-long goal drought to build a 3-0 lead. The Panthers scored twice to get back into it, but it was not enough, and the Golden Knights took a 3-1 series lead in the Cup final.
The Golden Knights can win the NHL championship on home ice Tuesday night, where they have played exceptionally well in the playoffs. Vegas is more talented and has certainly looked more prepared for the spotlight this time around. Stephenson and Hill were trade acquisitions as was first-line center Jack Eichel and captain Mark Stone, who had two assists in Game 4.
A couple of original Knights players also helped them take the final step to reach the peak of hockey’s mountaintop. Jonathan Marchessault assisted on Karlsson’s goal, his 24th point that ties for the playoff lead in scoring.
Q: When is the next game, and can the Panthers stay alive in the series?
A: The next game takes place on Tuesday, and the Panthers can stay alive in the series if they win.
Q: How many games have been played in the Stanley Cup Final so far?
A: Four games have been played in the Stanley Cup Final so far.
Q: How long have the Vegas Golden Knights been in existence?
A: The Vegas Golden Knights have only been in existence for six years.
Q: Who are some of the key players for the Vegas Golden Knights?
A: Some of the key players for the Vegas Golden Knights include Chandler Stephenson, William Karlsson, Jack Eichel, and Mark Stone.
Q: Who leads the playoff scoring for the Vegas Golden Knights?
A: Jonathan Marchessault is tied for the playoff lead in scoring for the Vegas Golden Knights.
Golden Knights edge past Panthers to advance one game closer to Stanley Cup championship.
In a physical and emotional Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final, the Vegas Golden Knights defeated the Florida Panthers 3-2 to take a 3-1 series lead, putting them on the brink of winning their first NHL championship on home ice.
Despite a late rally from the Panthers, the Golden Knights held on to their lead, with Chandler Stephenson scoring twice and William Karlsson breaking a series-long goal drought to build a 3-0 advantage. Florida clawed back with goals from Brandon Montour and Aleksander Barkov, but their rally ultimately fell short.
Both goalies played a significant role in the contest, with Vegas’s Adin Hill making 29 saves for his 10th win since stepping in during the middle of the second round, and Florida’s Sergei Bobrovsky almost single-handedly keeping the Panthers afloat with 28 saves.
For Vegas, the win puts them on track to deliver a championship to Las Vegas in just their sixth year of existence. They previously reached the Stanley Cup Final in their inaugural season in 2017-18 before losing to the Washington Capitals.
The Panthers, meanwhile, are facing an uphill battle to replicate their opening round comeback from down 3-1 to the Boston Bruins and keep Vegas from winning it all. Game 5 will be their last chance to extend the series.