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Panthers Win Recreation 2 vs. McDavid, Oilers as NHL Followers Hype Evan Rodrigues’ Late Targets

Scott Polacek @@ScottPolacek Featured Columnist IV June 11, 2024 Bruce Bennett/Getty Images The Florida Panthers are two wins away from their first Stanley Cup title in franchise history. Florida defeated the Edmonton Oilers 4-1 in Monday’s Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final at Amerant Bank Arena to take a commanding 2-0 lead in the

Panthers Win Recreation 2 vs. McDavid, Oilers as NHL Followers Hype Evan Rodrigues’ Late Targets

Scott Polacek@@ScottPolacekX.com LogoFeatured Columnist IVJune 11, 2024

SUNRISE, FLORIDA - JUNE 10: Evan Rodrigues #17 of the Florida Panthers celebrates after scoring a goal against the Edmonton Oilers during the third period in Game Two of the 2024 Stanley Cup Final at Amerant Bank Arena on June 10, 2024 in Sunrise, Florida. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

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The Florida Panthers are two wins away from their first Stanley Cup title in franchise historical past.

Florida defeated the Edmonton Oilers 4-1 in Monday’s Recreation 2 of the Stanley Cup Last at Amerant Financial institution Area to take a commanding 2-0 lead within the sequence. Niko Mikkola opened the scoring for the victors within the second interval and Aaron Ekblad completed it with an empty-netter within the third, nevertheless it was Evan Rodrigues who performed the function of hero.

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EVAN RODRIGUES GIVES THE PANTHERS THE LEAD 🚀 pic.twitter.com/WoDRxlpFMa

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EVAN RODRIGUES AGAIN 😱 pic.twitter.com/PC75upGTco

Rodrigues scored the go-ahead objective and an insurance coverage objective within the third interval, which was sufficient for goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky. Whereas Bobrovsky did not should do as a lot as he did in Recreation 1, he nonetheless completed with 18 saves on 19 photographs on objective and stuffed Connor McDavid on a late breakaway risk.

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It was fairly the save, nevertheless it was Rodrigues who drew probably the most love from social media:

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All the pieces Coming Up Evan 🙌

A 2-goal efficiency in Recreation 2 by Evan Rodrigues provides the Panthers a 2-0 lead within the Stanley Cup Last 🔥 pic.twitter.com/y8hw2sWNfP

Bally Sports activities Florida: Panthers @BallyPanthers

Think about not having Evan Rodrigues in your squad. Could not be us. 💅

Will Manso @WillManso

All-time checklist in South Florida postseason moments:

1. Evan Rodrigues
2. Pudge Rodriguez

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Katie Gaus @katie_gaus

Completely like to see this for Evan Rodrigues! 🙌

Probably the greatest guys I’ve ever had the pleasure of masking! Let’s go EROD! 👊💥

Travis Yost @travisyost

You want some letters from Conn Smythe to spell Evan Rodrigues, and folks overlook that

Maximiliano Bretos @MaxBretosSports

Evan Rodrigues man.. What a narrative!!!
Let’s Go Cats @FlaPanthers https://t.co/X5ox1TogoV

Blake Ferguson @blakeferguson48

Evan Rodrigues having himself an MVP caliber SC Finals🔥 https://t.co/UOVd7kBZyS

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Sam @samanthacp_

evan rodrigues, have your self a sequence

Conor Ryan @ConorRyan_93

Boston College legend Evan Rodrigues for the Conn Smythe

Vic Lombardi @VicLombardi

Blissful for Evan Rodrigues. Nice dude. Clutch targets.

Florida had all of the momentum coming into Monday’s contest after Bobrovsky notched 32 saves in a shutout win in Recreation 1, and it appeared like it could be extra of the identical out of the gates when Oilers ahead Warren Foegele obtained a serious penalty and a recreation misconduct for kneeing Eetu Luostarinen.

Nevertheless, the Panthers’ prolonged energy play was short-lived because of a penalty by defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson. Edmonton took full benefit of the four-on-four with Mattias Ekholm’s objective, which was the primary time the Western Convention champions bested Bobrovsky within the sequence.

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Warren Foegele obtained a serious penalty and a recreation misconduct for kneeing Luostarinen pic.twitter.com/if2eB5gSvv

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THE OILERS SCORE ON THEIR FIRST SHOT 🔥 pic.twitter.com/gZzzRyOSIk

They did not put a lot stress on the veteran goaltender after that, although, because the Oilers managed simply seven photographs on objective via the primary two durations. The Panthers managed a lot of the play and created way more alternatives, and it was solely a matter of time earlier than they capitalized.

Capitalize they did when Mikkola scored a uncommon objective from his defensive place to tie the sport shortly after practically placing an personal objective into the mistaken internet, though Edmonton goaltender Stuart Skinner saved it tied heading to the third interval because of numerous vital saves as Florida continued to push ahead.

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THE PANTHERS TIE IT UP 🚀 pic.twitter.com/Pds1CWljDU

Skinner might solely accomplish that a lot with Edmonton struggling to create probabilities, and Rodrigues buried the go-ahead objective early within the third interval and put much more stress on McDavid and Co. to generate something on the opposite finish.

Rodrigues was removed from completed and buried an insurance coverage objective throughout an influence play to provide the house workforce some respiration room within the last minutes that they solely expanded on with the empty-netter.

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Because of this, the Oilers can have their backs to the wall when the sequence shifts to Edmonton for Thursday’s Recreation 3.

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