Different goalkeeper, same score: The Florida Panthers lost 3-1 to Lightning on Tuesday in Tampa, now trailing 2-0 in that series in the first round of the National League Qualifiers. Hockey (NHL).
Coach Joel Quinville decided to replace Sergey Bobrovsky with Chris Dredger in this second match, after the Russian capitulated five times in 40 shots in a 5-4 loss on Sunday.
However, Dredger, who made his post-season tournament debut, has little to be ashamed of. He actually fired 27 rounds out of 29 to his opponents.
The defending champions in the Stanley Cup were quick to strike in the match, scoring two goals in the first half.
Stephen Stamkus opened the scoring for the first time when defender Anton Stralman re-directed Alex Kilorn’s custom pass five minutes into his net.
Ondrej Palat was the owner of the second network of the local elected. Dreiger appeared to be distracted by a shot from Bryden Point that had hit the post seconds earlier.
Quebec Yanni Gord finally completed the score in an abandoned cage, with less than 90 seconds remaining in the match.
In front of the lightning cage Andrei Vasilevskiy was tested 33 times. Only Mason Marchment deceived his awakening by completing a lovely passing game from visitors. It was his first goal in the qualifiers.
The series will now move to Sunrise, where the Panthers will have a tough mission to win the next two games if they want to return to a level playing field equal to their rivals in Florida.
The two clubs also prepared for the rest of the confrontations, with some quarrels during the last minutes of the match.