Florida Panthers won 3:2 vs Toronto Maple Leafs
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Florida Panthers won 3:2 vs Toronto Maple Leafs in game 2. Panthers forward Matthew Tkachuk spoke about the pressure they had before this match, as well as the doubts of many. However, they showed quality when it was most needed.
"Lots of stuff has been thrown at us this year,"-Matthew Tkachuk said, as quoted by nhl.com "It's playoffs. We knew they were coming hard. We should have come out better than what we did and that's on us as players, but I think the adjustments we made at the intermission was great and it helps [that in the] first shift [Aleksander] Barkov scores and then we get one the next shift.
It's way easier playing with the lead." Florida coach Paul Maurice put special emphasis on his goalkeeper, Sergei Bobrovsky, who had 35 saves. He looked great throughout the match and is one of the most deserving players for his team's victory.
"You need your goaltender to win you a series every night, and he did that tonight," -Paul Maurice said. "I don't think it was easy at the start for him. Certainly the way we played in front of him the first 10 minutes was challenging, and then he built.
You get behind the bench some nights and you get a feel for your goaltender where you go, 'Man he's just not getting beat again,' and that's what he gave our team."
Ryan O'Reilly on his team
Ryan O'Reilly scored one goal.
He is aware that this result only makes their job more difficult considering that it is now 2-0, but they will have to quickly forget about this and focus on the next match. "I think we're all disappointed," O'Reilly said.
"Being down 2-0 is not what we want, but it's a long series. There's a lot of hockey left. We have to continue building our game and not worry. We have to self-reflect. We need to be better in certain areas. Win the next game and build from there."