Sergei Bobrovsky stones Edmonton Oilers in Game 1 of Cup Final

Sergei Bobrovsky recorded a 32-save shutout as the Florida Panthers beat the Edmonton Oilers 3-0, Saturday night, in game one of the Stanley Cup Final.

“They are a great offensive team,” Bobrovsky said after the game. “They bring the good challenge.”

“We generated chances, we had looks,” Oilers captain Connor McDavid said. “Not a ton of puck luck around their net.”

The Panthers scored on their first shot of the game, with Carter Verhaeghe finishing off a three-on-two 3:59 into the game. The Oilers had several good scoring chances and outshot Florida 12-4 in the first. Adam Henrique went to the backhand on a breakaway, but Bobrovsky made a left pad save. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins went in alone on a power play less that two minutes later. Again, Bobrovsky made a big stop.

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Early in the second, Sam Bennett won a race and swept the puck in front to Evan Rodrigues, who popped a shot over Stuart Skinner’s left shoulder to make it 2-0 Panthers. The Oilers again tested Bobrovsky several times, but were unable to break through. Mattias Janmark had a breakaway, but couldn’t force the puck under Bobrovsky.

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“We really pushed,” Skinner said. “Bob was absolutely massive.”

Eetu Luostarinen scored an empty netter in the dying seconds of the third.

The Oilers were 2/2 on the penalty kill to run their streak to 30 in a row. They were 0/3 on the power play.

“I thought, overall, we played a pretty good game,” Oilers head coach Kris Knoblauch said. “We had some chances to score goals and they didn’t go in. We know that Florida — probably — that wasn’t their best game. Anticipate them to much better the next one. I think they probably got caught off-guard. Just you guys (media) talking about how good they were and we didn’t have a chance in this series.”

Skinner finished with 15 saves.

“Maybe it was the hockey gods getting us back for that Game 6 (against Dallas), where we probably didn’t deserve to win,” McDavid said. “We’ll gear up for a big one on Monday.”

The Panthers will host game two on Monday (630 CHED, Face-off Show at 4 p.m., game at 6 p.m.).

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