June 6, 2023: In an impressive offensive performance during Game 2, the Vegas Golden Knights took a commanding lead in the Stanley Cup by defeating the Florida Panthers 7-2 at T-Mobile Arena on Monday.
The Golden Knights’ offensive prowess has been unstoppable throughout the NHL season showcase, resulting in records shattering.
In the final, nine players contributed goals for the Knights, setting a new NHL record for the most goals by a team in the first two games of a last. The 12 goals in the opening two games also tie an NHL record.
Jonathan Marchessault, the star player of the Golden Knights and a former Florida Panther, continued his remarkable scoring streak with two goals in Game 2. The 32-year-old forward netted the opening goal for the Golden Knights with a power-play shot from the circle. He scored his second goal in the third period, solidifying the Golden Knights’ 5-2 lead and securing a nearly certain victory.
After going scoreless in the first five postseason games, Marchessault scored 12 goals in the team’s last 12 matches, setting a new franchise record for most goals in a single postseason. He extended his point streak to seven consecutive games, tying the longest point streak in the playoffs in Golden Knights history.
Brett Howden also made a significant impact with two goals for Vegas, the second of which put the Golden Knights ahead 4-0 and led to the Panthers replacing goalkeeper Sergei Bobrovsky. Additionally, Alec Martinez, Nicolas Roy, and Michael Amadio each contributed one goal in the dominant win.
Marchessault credited the team’s game plan and depth for their success. He praised their discipline and ability to capitalize on scoring opportunities, emphasizing the importance of scoring the first goal to set the tone in the game.
With this victory, the Golden Knights are just two wins away from clinching their first-ever Stanley Cup title.
Historical statistics from the NHL indicate that teams with a 2-0 lead in a best-of-seven series have an impressive record of 347-55 (.863). In best-of-seven Stanley Cup finals, teams with a 2-0 series lead have gone on to win the cup 90.6% of the time (48-5).
Game 3 will take place on Thursday at FLA Live Arena in Sunrise, Florida, as the Panthers seek to rebound and win a game in the series.