The Oilers failed to get back in the mix in game 3 of the Stanley Cup Finals last night, falling 4-3 to the Florida Panthers.

Despite a late third period run by the Oilers, narrowing the lead to one goal, it was the Panthers who walked away victorious and a commanding series lead, 3-0.

The Oilers now find themselves in an extremely difficult position needing to win four straight games in order to bring the Stanley Cup back to Edmonton.  In the NHL’s history only four teams have come back from 3-0 deficits and only one in the Stanley Cup Final.

  • 2014: Los Angeles Kings vs. San Jose Sharks
  • 2010: Philadelphia Flyers vs. Boston Bruins
  • 1975: New York Islanders vs. Pittsburgh Penguins
  • 1942: Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Detroit Red Wings (*Stanley Cup Final)

Meanwhile, the Florida Panthers are one win away from their first Stanley Cup championship in franchise history and can end the series Saturday night in Edmonton.

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Having Aleksander Barkov healthy and playing well like he did last night will certainly help. Barkov scored in the second period and won an impressive 63% of his face-offs.

Then Panthers goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky continued to make his case for the Conn Smythe Trophy (playoff MVP) with 32 saves. He stopped Zach Hyman and Dylan Holloway just before the Panthers started their second-period flurry.

Game 4 is in Edmonton Saturday night at 8pm est. on ABC/ ESPN+.

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