Tkachuk, Panthers Praised By NHL Fans for Taking 3-0 Series Lead vs. McDavid, Oilers

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Tkachuk, Panthers Praised By NHL Fans for Taking 3-0 Series Lead vs. McDavid, Oilers

EDMONTON, CANADA - JUNE 13: Sam Bennett #9 and Matthew Tkachuk #19 of the Florida Panthers celebrate after Bennett's goal against the Edmonton Oilers during the second period of Game Three of the 2024 Stanley Cup Final at Rogers Place on June 13, 2024 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

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The Florida Panthers are one win away from their first-ever championship after defeating the host Edmonton Oilers 4-3 in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final on Thursday. Florida now has a 3-0 lead in the best-of-seven series.

Florida scored three goals in a 6:19 span in the second period to turn a 1-1 tie into a 4-1 lead. Vladimir Tarasenko scored the first at 9:12, followed by Sam Bennett at 13:57 and Aleksander Barkov at 15:31.

Florida Panthers @FlaPanthers

JUST A LIL VLADI MAGIC! pic.twitter.com/K5T3tgYPcp

Florida Panthers @FlaPanthers

CHUCKY TO BENNY 🔥 🔥 🔥 pic.twitter.com/qIJY4Tydyk

Florida Panthers @FlaPanthers

TOP SHELF FROM ALEKSANDER BARKOV pic.twitter.com/ObGS0Xpqni

Edmonton didn’t go away quietly, though, scoring twice in the third off goals from Philip Broberg and Ryan McLeod. The Oilers couldn’t manage the equalizer, though.

Edmonton Oilers @EdmontonOilers

LET’S BRO 👊 pic.twitter.com/AK1F9JRNxg

Edmonton Oilers @EdmontonOilers

CLOUDER COMES IN CLUTCH ☁️ pic.twitter.com/6YqHd7ItGl

Florida led 1-0 after one following a Sam Reinhart tip-in with 1:02 left. Warren Foegele responded 1:49 into the second period with a wrist shot.

Florida Panthers @FlaPanthers

WHAT CAN’T HE DO 🦏 pic.twitter.com/55OELWH1pK

Edmonton Oilers @EdmontonOilers

FOEGS IN ALONE TO EVEN THE GAME 🎯 pic.twitter.com/I7ofIVRF8b

Edmonton out-shot Florida 35-23, including 29-18 over the first two periods. But Florida still won and now holds a nearly insurmountable 3-0 series lead.

Fans and analysts alike praised the Panthers for their tremendous performance:

Paul Bissonnette @BizNasty2point0

Barkov is the best forward on the planet. Non negotiable. #timetohunt

Bryan @Metalpanthers

Tkachuk and Bennett quieting the crowd in Edmonton.

Fork found in kitchen

Django Nolehardt @DjangoNolehardt

Forsling Bennett Barkov and Reinhart have been the best skaters in the #stanleycup finals. Not close.

Kraken Canada @KrakenCanada

The Florida Panthers have won the Stanley Cup in 3 games.

Ryan Henderson @RJHenderson7

Some would refer to this as a dusting by the Panthers.

mathias @MathiasMejia_

THE FLORIDA PANTHERS ARE ONE WIN AWAY FROM A STANLEY CUP pic.twitter.com/Jz0OmRsAvl

Adam Reid @AdamReid_

I AM CRYING 😭😭😭

WE ARE ONE WIN AWAY FROM WINNING THE STANLEY CUP

SO MANY HARD YEARS, SO MANY TOUGH TIMES.

BUT WE ARE ONE WIN AWAY 😭😭😭
I LOVE THE FLORIDA PANTHERS
WHAT A RIDE 🌴🐆🏒#TimeToHunt pic.twitter.com/XgefLjqhPy

PlayoffOilScud-x @ScottBiggsify

The Florida Panthers are a much, much better team than the Edmonton Oilers. Better D, better forwards, better goaltending.

As it always has been, this team is McDavid and Draisaitl against Ken Holland’s flaccid management, and Ken Holland’s easily winning.

Tommy @tommykippes2

the florida panthers are just so much better in all aspects of this series, edmonton overwhelmed

Nick Cousins Stan Account @Kameron2494

Florida has the panthers, the greatest hockey team. We take the puck from end to end like no one’s ever seen. We’re in the crease we’re on the blue line we’re always in control, and when you say Florida you’re talking Stanley Cup!

Pat McAfee @PatMcAfeeShow

Florida Panthers are currently demoralizing the whole city of Edmonton #ROLLIN

Mark Lazerus @MarkLazerus

We shouldn’t lose sight of how it’s the FLORIDA PANTHERS that are on the verge of winning the Stanley Cup in utterly dominant fashion. The Florida. Freaking. Panthers. One of the most buffoonish franchises in sports history for so long. There really is hope for any fan base.

Joe Schad @schadjoe

Florida Panthers are so well constructed and so well coached.

They were built for this moment. And they have seized it.

Jerry Mancini @jmancini8

How about tipping your hat to Florida Panthers? They’re the better team & don’t have many flaws

Edmonton has done an admirable job to get this far. However, they look tired

Florida minimizes their mistakes, relentless & continuously forecheck. Their star players has been better

Game 4 will take place on Saturday at 8 p.m. ET in Edmonton.

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