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It was all Vegas from start to finish on Monday night. 

The Golden Knights dominated the Panthers to the tune of 7-2 in Game 2 of the 2023 Stanley Cup Final. 

Vegas forward Jonathan Marchessault stayed red hot, tallying two goals in the game, including the opening goal for the club. Brett Howden added two goals as well, with Alec Martinez, Nicolas Roy and Michael Amadio also finding the back of the net. 

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Adin Hill continued his strong play in the Vegas net, stopping 28 of 30 shots. The Golden Knights improved to 8-3 at home during the 2023 playoffs, and take a 2-0 series lead into Game 3. 

The Golden Knights jumped all over the Panthers early, scoring four goals in the first two periods and chasing Florida goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky in the second period. Florida failed to find the back of the net until the final frame, when it was too little, too late. 

The officials had their hands full in this one, handing out over 100 penalty minutes in the game, including 11 misconducts. 

Game 3 is scheduled for Thursday, June 8. The Golden Knights have all the momentum as the series shifts to South Florida, where the Panthers are hoping to have better luck on home ice. 

The Sporting News provided updates and highlights from Game 2 of the Golden Knights vs. Panthers Stanley Cup Final.

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Panthers vs. Golden Knights Game 2 score

  1 2 3 F
Panthers 0 0 2 2
Golden Knights 2 2 3 7

Panthers vs. Golden Knights Game 2 live updates, highlights from 2023 Stanley Cup Final

Final: Golden Knights 7, Panthers 2

11:03 p.m.: Vegas cruises to a dominant win in Game 2 over Florida and take a commanding 2-0 series lead. The Golden Knights were the better team from start to finish, chasing Bobrovsky early in the second and didn’t look back. Another strong showing from Hill, and yet another multi-goal performance from Marchessault. 

11:01 p.m.: Now Montour and Reilly Smith get the boot with seven seconds left. A total of nine misconducts handed out in this period. Marchessault also is handed a minor for cross-checking. 

10:58 p.m.: Add Nick Cousins and Zach Whitecloud to the list of players handed a 10-minute misconduct. That’s now five for Florida, two for Vegas tonight. 

10:56 p.m.: GOAL! Howden gets his second of the night for Vegas, this time on the power play. Howden’s shot hits Mahura and goes in between the legs of Lyon with 2:07 left. Golden Knights 7, Panthers 2. 

10:52 p.m.: Eric Staal also got a 10-minute misconduct for abuse of officials. There’s hardly anyone left on the Florida bench. 

10:52 p.m.: Duclair takes exemption to a reverse hit from Barbashev and is called for cross-checking. He also is handed a 10-minute misconduct. A power play is upcoming for Vegas with 3:32 left. 

10:51 p.m.: We have more misconducts handed out. Casey Fitzgerald and Kolesar each are handed 10-minute misconducts, so they’ll hit the showers early. 

10:47 p.m.: Well, Tkachuk’s night is done. After the no-goal, he received another 10-minute misconduct and with less than six minutes to go, he heads down the tunnel to the locker room. That’s his second of the night and third of the series. It has not been a good Stanley Cup Final for him so far. 

10:46 p.m.: Tkachuk nearly had another one, but Shea Theodore swiped the puck away from the goal line. Tkachuk banked a shot from behind the net off Hill and it was rolling across the goal line before Theodore stooped it. 

10:43 p.m.: GOAL! Tkachuk gets the Panthers’ second goal of the period with 7:14 left. The shot from Sam Bennett was blockered away from hill, but it went right to a cutting Tkachuk for the rebound tally. Golden Knights 6, Panthers 2. 

10:38 p.m.: GOAL! This one goes in for Amadio. He finishes off an odd-man rush with Karlsson, tapping in a backdoor attempt into the wide open net. That was some pretty poor defensive work by the Panthers, yet again. It’s a five-goal lead now for Florida with 9:27 left. Golden Knights 6, Panthers 1. 

10:34 p.m.: Michael Amadio nearly made it 6-1, but his shot attempt with Lyon out of position hit the post, went through the crease and stayed out. 

10:31 p.m.: Vegas isn’t taking its foot off the gas pedal. The Golden Knights just keep pushing offensively, even up four with 12:40 to go. 

10:28 p.m.: Back to 5 on 5 as the Verhaeghe penalty expires. Lyon made a nice pad save in the dying seconds on a Martinez shot that was deflected by William Karlsson. 

10:25 p.m.: Verhaeghe cross-checks Pietrangelo in the back of the head, so the Golden Knights head to another power play. 

10:23 p.m.: GOAL! Vegas answers right back with another goal by Marchessault. Eichel does an excellent job on the forecheck in his first shift back, eventually finding a wide open Marchessault in the slot and he beats Lyon all alone from the slot from his second of the night. It’s back to a four-goal game 2:10 into the third. Golden Knights 5, Panthers 1. 

10:20 p.m.: GOAL! Florida finally gets one through 14 seconds into the frame. A shot by Anton Lundell goes off of Martinez and into the open Vegas net. That’s a lucky bounce for the Panthers, who desperately needed one. Golden Knights 4, Panthers 1. 

10:20 p.m.: The third period is a go, and Eichel is back on the bench for Vegas. 

End of the second period: Golden Knights 4, Panthers 0

10 p.m.: Vegas dominates the second period and chases Bobrovsky out of the game, as the club holds a 4-0 lead. Florida is going to continue to play physical and try and draw penalties out of the Golden Knights, so Vegas must stay disciplined in the final frame. The biggest concern is the health of Eichel, who left late in the frame after the Tkachuk hit. 

9:56 p.m.: A minor and 10-minute misconduct handed out to both Tkachuk and Barbashev, and roughing minors given to Pietrangelo and Gustav Forsling. It doesn’t look like Tkachuk was penalized for the hit. 

9:53 p.m.: Oh no, Tkachuk lands a huge hit on Eichel that he never saw and the Vegas forward is shaken up. Eichel heads right to the bench and a huge melee breaks out. It looks like Eichel toe-picked as he tried avoiding the hit, and Tkachuk got him a bit higher than expected. 

9:46 p.m.: Florida is now 0-for-3 on the power play tonight. The Montour shot was the lone good look of the PP. 

9:43 p.m.: Adin freaking Hill. He stones Montour with the glove on a point-blank shot from the shot. He’s locked in. 

9:41 p.m.: William Carrier is whistled for roughing Marc Staal, so the Panthers head back to the power play with 7:25 to go in the frame. The power play looked good on the first two attempts, but it has nothing to show for so far. 

9:40 p.m.: Nothing doing for the Panthers on the power play. Hill has been unbreakable tonight, as he’s up to 20 saves so far in the contest. 

9:35 p.m.: Just as Barbashev and White return, Alex Pietrangelo is called for interference, so Florida heads its second power play at about the halfway mark of the period. 

9:31 p.m.: Hill makes another strong glove save on a shot from Aleksander Barkov. A scrum ensues and both Barbashev and Colin White will sit for two minutes, one for slashing and one for roughing. It’ll be 4 on 4 for a couple of minutes. 

9:26 p.m.: GOAL! The floodgates have opened in Vegas as Brett Howden makes it 4-0. The Golden Knights turn defense into offense, getting an odd man rush that results in Howden taking a pass from Stone and beating Bobrovksy with a slick backhand. That’s it for Bobrovsky, as Alex Lyon comes in with 12:50 to go in the second. Golden Knights 4, Panthers 0. 

9:23 p.m.: It’s safe to say Bobrovsky, and the Panthers’ defense, have not been as strong as they were prior to the Stanley Cup Final. 

9:22 p.m.: Gudas has been ruled out for the rest of the night, per the TNT broadcast. He was already hurt coming into tonight, and the hit from Barbashev knocked him out of the contest. 

9:19 p.m.: GOAL! Nicolas Roy makes it 3-0 Golden Knights three minutes into the second period. No one covers Roy as he comes out of the corner with the puck, and he beats Bobrovsky on the short side. It doesn’t look like the Panthers goalie saw that shot; there’s a chance he hasn’t seen any of the three goals. Vegas with complete control of this one. Golden Knights 3, Panthers 0. 

9:16 p.m.: No Gudas for Florida to start the second. 

9:15 p.m.: The second period is underway. 

End of the first period: Golden Knights 2, Panthers 0

8:57 p.m.: T-Mobile Arena is rocking after the first, as the Golden Knights take a 2-0 lead into the first intermission. Marchessault and Martinez had the two goals for Vegas. Outside of its power play, Florida struggled to get shots on Hill, and those that did were turned aside by the goaltender, who has been stellar yet again. Shots in the frame were 11-10 in favor of the Golden Knights. 

8:56 p.m.: Right before the Martinez goal,. Tkachuk and Hill got themselves acquainted with each other — again. 

8:54 p.m.: GOAL! With 2:01 left in the first, Alec Martinez doubles the Vegas lead. Right after the Panthers nearly tied the game at one end, the Golden Knights extend their lead at the other. The veteran defenseman roofs it over the right shoulder of Bobrovsky from the circle. Golden Knights 2, Panthers 0. 

8:53 p.m.: Hill stops a Matthew Tkachuk deflection, a Montour one-timer and a Verhaghe attempt as Vegas kills off the Roy penalty. The Panthers had five shots on goal during that power play, but nothing has beaten Hill, much to the pleasure of the Golden Knights’ faithful. 

8:50 p.m.: With 16 seconds left on the Montour penalty, Nicolas Roy is called for hooking, so that’ll end the Vegas power play. A few seconds of 4 on 4 before Florida goes to its first man advantage of the night. 

8:47 p.m.: Brandon Montour hits Marchessault in the back of the head along the wall and he’s going to sit for roughing. Vegas heads to its second power play of the period, the first one was successful. 

8:43 p.m.: A couple of good response shifts from the Panthers, but the Golden Knights are blocking shots left and right. Only three shots have gotten through to Hill in the first 12 minutes. 

8:37 p.m.: It’s not only the second consecutive game with Marchessault scoring first for Vegas, but the second time it’s come on the power play. 

8:36 p.m.: GOAL! Jonathan Marchessault stays flaming hot and gives the Golden Knights the first goal 7:05 into the contest. He rips a shot over the glove of Bobrovsky that hits the back bar and comes out. A great screen in front by Mark Stone made it difficult for Bobrovsky to see. That’s Marchessault’s 11th goal in the last 12 games, and second of the series. Golden Knights 1, Panthers 0. 

8:33 p.m.: The physical play has ramped up the last couple of minutes, especially on the Vegas side. Keegan Kolesar laid out Josh Mahura and then Ivan Barbashev obliterated Radko Gudas, who is hurting and heads down the Florida tunnel. Ryan Lomberg was called for high-sticking behind the play, so Vegas gets the first power play chance of the night. 

8:28 p.m.: Carter Verhaeghe gets a breakaway for Florida about four minutes in and tries to beat Adin Hill with a backhand, but the Vegas goaltender makes the stop. He made it look a lot easier than that was, reading Verhaghe’s fake to perfection. 

8:24 p.m.: Vegas’ passing in the offensive zone is so fluid. The team constantly moves the puck from low to high, getting the defense involved, but can send it back down low and work a cycle below the goal line. 

8:21 p.m.: Game 2 is underway from T-Mobile Arena. 

Pregame

8:05 p.m.: A last-minute change in the Florida lineup, as Paul Maurice elects to go with 11 forwards and seven defensemen with Radko Gudas not at 100%. Casey Fitzgerald enters the lineup while Zac Dalpe comes out. 

7:45 p.m.: No lineups changes on either side for Game 2. Bobrovsky vs. Hill in the crease. 

7 p.m.: Jonathan Marchessault is red hot entering Game 2. The Golden Knights forward opened the scoring for Vegas in Game 1, his 10th goal in his last 11 games. 

6:35 p.m.: Eetu Luostarinen has already been ruled out for the Game 2 contest on Monday night by Paul Maurice. The forward missed Game 1, as he recovers from an injury he suffered in the final game of the Eastern Conference Final. 

6:30 p.m.: Sergei Bobrovsky hasn’t lost back-to-back games yet in this postseason. He’s hoping that trend continues in Game 2. On the other side, Adin Hill has only lost one game at home during the 2023 postseason. 

Panthers vs. Golden Knights Game 2 start time

  • Date: Monday, June 5
  • Time: 8 p.m. ET | 5 p.m. PT

Panthers vs. Golden Knights Game 2 puck drop is set for 8 p.m. ET, 5 p.m. local time in Vegas, on Monday, June 5.

The game is being played at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Games 3 and 4 of the series are scheduled to be played at FLA Live Arena in Sunrise, Fla.

What channel is Panthers vs. Golden Knights Game 2 on?

  • TV channel (U.S.): TNT, TBS, truTV
  • TV channel (Canada): Sportsnet, CBC, TVAS 
  • Live stream (U.S.): TNT app, TBS app, Sling TV
  • Live stream (Canada): SN NOW, CBC Gem, CBC Sports app

In the U.S., Panthers vs. Golden Knights Game 2 will be broadcast on TNT, TBS and truTV. Fans in Canada can watch on Sportsnet and CBC in English or TVA Sports in French.

For those looking to live stream the game, the TNT and TBS apps are options in the United States.

Fans in the U.S. can also watch the Stanley Cup Final on Sling TV, which is now offering half off the first month. Viewers can stream the sports they love starting at $20 for the first month with Sling Orange, which offers TNT.

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In Canada, streamers can watch the game through SN NOW, CBC Gem or the CBC Sports app. 

Panthers vs. Golden Knights Game 2 odds

  • Puckline: Panthers +1.5 (-224) | Golden Knights -1.5 (+186)
  • Moneyline: Panthers +121 | Golden Knights -147
  • O/U: 5.5

The Golden Knights enter Game 2 as favorites over the Panthers once again. They were favored in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final and made good on that confidence with a 5-2 win.

Odds provided by Sports Interaction.

Panthers vs. Golden Knights playoff schedule

Date Site Time (ET) TV/Result
Sat., June 3 at Vegas FINAL Golden Knights 5, Panthers 2
Mon., June 5 at Vegas 8 p.m. TNT, TBS, truTV, SN, CBC, TVAS
Thu., June 8 at Florida 8 p.m. TNT, TBS, truTV, SN, CBC, TVAS
Sat., June 10 at Florida 8 p.m. TNT, TBS, truTV, SN, CBC, TVAS
*Tue., June 13 at Vegas 8 p.m. TNT, truTV, SN, CBC, TVAS
*Fri., June 16 at Florida 8 p.m. TNT, TBS, truTV, SN, CBC, TVAS
*Mon., June 19 at Vegas 8 p.m. TNT, TBS, truTV, SN, CBC, TVAS

*If necessary



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