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Edmonton's Leon Draisaitl had a terrible evening. © APA / ELSA

Oilers stars disappoint: Florida takes its next final win

The Edmonton Oilers also lost the second game in the Stanley Cup finals, and Florida is now dreaming of the title more than ever.

After another disappointing offensive performance, the NHL team from Canada lost 1:4 to the Florida Panthers on Monday evening. There is a lot of pressure on the Oilers ahead of the upcoming two games in Edmonton. It takes four wins to win the National Hockey League title.


Man of the evening was Evan Rodrigues, who was the first Panthers professional in history to score a brace in the Stanley Cup finals. "I do whatever it takes, that has always been my approach," he said on US television.

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After 32 shots without a hit, the Oilers were 0-3 in game one and this time they were successful with their first attempt and took the lead. Mattias Ekholm scored Edmonton's first Stanley Cup goal since their last appearance in the final 18 years ago in the twelfth minute. The team with the three players with the highest points in the playoffs – Connor McDavid, Evan Bouchard and Leon Draisaitl – only managed six more shots on goal after two thirds.
“We are strong on defense. It’s working well so far.” Florida double goal scorer Evan Rodrigues

"We do what we do all year. These are great players who will get their chances, but we are strong in defense. That has worked well for us so far," said Rodrigues. His brace sealed the deal after Niko Mikkola equalized. Aaron Ekblad scored the fourth goal into an empty net two and a half minutes before the end, when Edmonton risked everything and played without a goalkeeper.


Draisaitl knocks out Barkov

Rodrigues' second goal was preceded by a penalty for Draisaitl, who hit his opponent Alexander Barkov in the chin with his elbow and had to miss two minutes. Barkov did not return to the ice after the incident. After successfully overcoming 34 shorthanded situations in these playoffs, Rodrigues ended the Oilers' streak and scored. For the Panthers, it was the first power play goal in the playoffs this season. "Our mentality changed a bit in the third period and we treated it like a normal five-on-five," reported Rodrigues.

The Oilers' superstars once again disappointed: After his impressive series of 13 playoff games in a row with at least one scoring point, Draisaitl has zero goal involvements in two games in the finals, while McDavid has one scoring point so far thanks to his assist for the 1-0 win.

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