Game 4 starters in the Stanley Cup Final between the Golden Knights and Panthers:
Barbashev – Eichel – Marchessault
McNabb – Theodore
Cousins – Barkov – Duclair
Staal – Montour
– David Pagnotta (@TheFourthPeriod) June 11, 2023
So far, I’m not particularly impressed with Tkachuk’s performance in the final, with a total of… 36 penalty minutes in three games.
Here’s the starting line-up for each team.
WHAT A START TO THE (K)NIGHT FOR THE AWAY TEAM ‼️ pic.twitter.com/Toe1aea8KK
– Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) June 11, 2023
Apart from the Knights’ fiery start, the rest of the period was hotly contested with good chances on both sides.
Once again, the referees didn’t seem to be on the Panthers’ side, as a penalty was awarded to Marc Staal for tripping Mark Stone. The only problem is that Staal didn’t touch Stone on the sequence.
– Field hockey Daily 365 l NHL Highlights (@HockeyDaily365) June 11, 2023
Obviously, at the speed the game is going, it’s hard to be perfect with the decisions, but on the restart, we first see Stone give a poke on Staal’s stick, who lost his stick on the sequence. A few seconds later, we see the replay in slow motion, which shows that the veteran defender shouldn’t have been sent to the dungeon.
– Anna Dua (@AnnaNoelleDua) June 11, 2023
Fortunately for the Panthers, they were able to take advantage of many chances to get on the scoreboard. Brendan Montour’s shot deflected not once, but twice, before beating Adin Hill. The puck deflected off the skates of Brayden McNabb and Shea Theodore.
THIS IS A DOUBLE DOINK WE CAN GET BEHIND
BRANDON MONTOUR GIVES THE CATS LIFE 🚨pic.twitter.com/2ts0O3xJ6Y
– DraftKings Sportsbook (@DKSportsbook) June 11, 2023
It’s also his 8th career playoff goal in 57 games.
STOP SCROLLING AND WATCH THIS BRANDON MONTOUR PASS. 🤌 #StanleyCup
Aleksander Barkov buries and these relentless @FlaPanthers are within one.
– NHL (@NHL) June 11, 2023
– The first period was tightly contested overall, but the Panthers completely dominated their opponents in the face-off circle in the first period. Paul Maurice’s team led 13-5 on face-offs, and also won the first three duels of the second period. That made it 16-5, for an efficiency of 76.2%.
– In the second period, Vegas dominated 7 face-offs, 15-9. Florida now has an efficiency of 52.4%. After 40 minutes of play, Aleksander Barkov is the Panthers’ cornerstone for duels with 7/11 efficiency. As for Stepehenson, his two goals are not enough. He has won five of his six face-offs.
– Gustav Forsling had a -3 differential in the game. Even if he plays big minutes, he can’t afford a performance like this.
– Sam Bennett handed out no less than 7 checks in the match.