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The Daily: Why Panthers Fell Flat in Game 4; Sharks’ Advantage

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The Stanley Cup was in the building. The Florida Panthers had a chance to win the first Stanley Cup in franchise history. They could have been the first team to register a sweep in the SCF since the Detroit Red Wings did it against the Washington Capitals in 1998.

Instead, Florida goalie Sergei Bobrovsky wasn’t as sharp.  The Panthers’ offense wasn’t as impressive. And the team’s impressive defensive coverage was absent.

“Florida’s usually gridlocked defenses loosened up and it opened up the dam for Connor McDavid & Co. to run the Panthers — and the Stanley Cup — out of their building,” FHN’s Colby Guy wrote.

The question is whether the Panthers lost their focus, perhaps caught up in the excitement of anticipated success.

The Cup is going to be in the building at some point anyway, so we have to be ready for that,” captain Sasha Barkov said. “And I don’t think it was a distraction for us. I don’t think so.”

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The Edmonton Oilers’ 8-1 thrashing of the Edmonton Oilers set a new NHL record for the largest margin of victory in a Stanley Cup Final game for a team facing elimination. The Red Wings were involved — and not in a good way — the previous record game. In the 1942 Stanley Cup Final, the Red Wings held a 3-1 series lead against the Maple Leafs and lost Game 5 by a 9-3 decision. The Leafs won the series. Those 1942 Red Wings are the only team in NHL history to own a 3-0 series lead in the SCF and not win the Cup.

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