Golden Knights have nothing to worry about in Game 3 loss

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The Vegas Golden Knights might not have won Game 3, but that still doesn’t mean this series is in a bad spot for Vegas. They are still just two wins away from hoisting the Stanley Cup, and they did look like the better team for the most part in Game 3.

The Golden Knights have nothing to worry about in Game 3 loss

The last time the Stanley Cup was handed out after a sweep in the Final was in 1998 when the Detroit Red Wings beat the Washington Capitals. Since then, the Stanley Cup Final has seen each team win at least one game every season, so it was almost guaranteed the Panthers were going to steal one game from Vegas at some point.

Game 3 went to overtime, it really was anyone’s game down to the very end. Sure the Panthers did score late in the third period to send the game to OT, but overall, Vegas was the better team. Sergei Bobrovsky stopped so many chances tonight, and if Vegas finds a way to capitalize on just one more of those scoring chances, this game would have ended differently.

He allowed just two goals on 27 shots on goal. Here is one of those saves by Bobrovsky from the second period.

For Vegas, losing Game 3 does not trigger any reason to panic by any means. Sure, it would have been nice to go out there and get it done in Game 3, but losing in overtime means it was anyone’s game at the end of the day. Now the important thing will be getting a win in Game 4, otherwise, the panic button might be closer to getting pressed.

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The Panthers found their confidence near the end of the third period when Matthew Tkachuk tied the game at two goals a piece. They entered overtime on a mission and looked like the team that defied the odds to make it to the Stanley Cup Final. Now on Saturday fans will find out whether that was just a lucky game for the Panthers or if Vegas really does have something to worry about. The puck drop is on Saturday at 8 pm E.T. in Florida.