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Matthew Tkachuk Opens up About Panthers Demoralizing Game 4 loss


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Marvin Azrak
June 16, 2024  (10:31)
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Matthew Tkachuk and the Florida Panthers came into Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final on Saturday night brimming with confidence.

However, the Edmonton Oilers' dominant 8-1 win, facing elimination, might have shifted the momentum in this series.
While the Oilers still face a daunting challenge to overcome the Panthers and win the Stanley Cup, now questions arise about a potentially shaky Panthers team.
FINAL: Oilers 8, Panthers 1

It's hard to win 4 straight in the SCF.

Cats take their 3-1 lead back to Sunrise for Game 5.

In Game 1 they were outplayed yet still victorious on the back of Sergei Bobrovsky's brilliance. They pulled away with a three goal third period in Game 2, but nearly squandered a three goal lead in Game 3, saved by Bobrovsky again. Then came Game 4 where the Cats were run out of the rink.
Despite the lopsided loss, Florida's star forward Matthew Tkachuk seemed unfazed. After the game, he remained focused on the big picture with the boys up 3-1 in the series and the chance they have to capture the franchise's maiden Stanley Cup in Game 5 on Tuesday.
Tkachuk: "We're in an unbelievable spot right now. We came here and after all that craziness got a split. Now we're going home [to play] in front of our unbelievable fans. They're so excited to see us and we're so excited to play in front of them again.»

Tkachuk also defended Bobrovsky, who allowed five goals on just 17 shots with a -3.04 goals saved above expected, despite his stellar play in the first three games. He was replaced by Anthony Stolarz who yielded three more.
Tkachuk: «We gave up eight goals and zero of them were the goalies' fault."

He emphasized the importance of learning from this loss and quickly moving on, reflecting his determined mindset as the series continues.
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