In a disappointing turn of events, Florida Panthers goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky had a rough outing in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final against the Vegas Golden Knights. Bobrovsky was pulled midway through the game after allowing four goals on just 13 shots, marking the first time this postseason that the veteran netminder gave up four goals in consecutive games.
Bobrovsky’s difficulties were quickly exploited by the Golden Knights as Jonathan Marchessault and Alec Martinez gave Vegas a two-goal lead in the opening period. Early in the second period, Nicolas Roy increased the advantage to 3-0, and shortly after that, Brett Howden scored to put a stop to Bobrovsky’s game. Bobrovsky was powerless as he tapped the puck into an open net as a result of Howden’s spectacular deke. With 11 victories in his last 12 games, Bobrovsky came into the Stanley Cup Final as the best goaltender in the league. He had been outstanding throughout that time, saving 438 of 465 shots, good for a fantastic 1.95 goals against average and.942 save %. But with a poor 5.52 in the final, his performance was a long cry from his past triumphs.
The Panthers are in a challenging situation as a result of the loss in Game 2, as the Golden Knights now lead the best-of-seven series 2-0. The Panthers will likely be quite concerned about Bobrovsky’s troubles as they attempt to recover in the following games and change the series.