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SUMMARY: Oilers 5, Panthers 3

SUMMARY: Oilers 5, Panthers 3

As they continued to push for the equalizer, the Panthers were denied two trips to the power play in the third period. The first came when Tkachuk was called for an embellishment after tripping, and the second came after a clear missed too-many penalty on Edmonton.

The Panthers came this close to scoring on more than one occasion, leading 11-4 in shots on goal and 10-5 in scoring chances in the final 20 minutes, but just couldn’t bounce back.

With Florida’s net empty late in regulation, Tkachuk made a great play to prevent the puck from crossing the goal line before McDavid finally made it 5-3 at 7:41.

Overall, the Panthers led 2.73-0.76 in expected goals at 5-on-5, according to NautralStatTrick.com.

With another chance to close things out, the Panthers now hope to carry their strong finish in Game 5 straight into the start of Game 6 at Rogers Place on Friday.

“We had a good push,” Tkachuk said. “I thought we played very well at 5-on-5. That’s something to build on in the next game. We want to keep it 5 against 5. We want to stay off the beaten track. If there is a power play, take advantage of it.”

They said it

“It’s a similar story to Game 4, where you have to give up a shorty, which is just unacceptable. We have to start better. I thought our start was good. We just gave one up and then we followed it. They played well. They put the puck in their net when they had their opportunities.” –Matthew Tkachuk

“We just have to win one game. It’s that simple.” – Sam Bennett

“We have to find a way to stay out of the penalty area. That will be part of it. That’s what it is.” Paul Maurice

CAT STATISTICS

– The Panthers won 59.7% of their matchups.

-The Panthers led 38-16 in hits.

– The Panthers had 24 of their shots blocked.

– The Panthers have lost back-to-back games for the second time this postseason.

– Evan Rodrigues leads Florida in goals (4) and points (6) in the Stanley Cup Final.

– Matthew Tkachuk recorded his eighth multi-point game of this postseason.

WHAT’S NEXT?

With two more chances to close out the Oilers, the Panthers will look to claim the Stanley Cup again when they head to Rogers Place for Game 6 on Friday at 8:00 PM ET.

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