The Vegas Golden Knights are now in control of the Stanley Cup final after taking a 2-0 lead with a dominant 7-2 victory over the Florida Panthers. Vegas scored four straight goals to open the game, leading to a commanding victory, with Jonathan Marchessault scoring twice and setting up an early onslaught that saw the Knights chase Panthers goalie Sergei Bobrovsky from the game. Adin Hill continued his impressive form with 29 saves, while Brett Howden also scored twice.
However, the game was not without its controversies. Vegas forward Jack Eichel left the game with an apparent right shoulder injury after sustaining a hard check by Florida Panthers forward Matthew Tkachuk in the second period. Tkachuk's hit on Eichel has left the star Vegas player injured and forced him to leave the game. Eichel's absence did not seem to affect the Golden Knights, who continued their dominance on the ice.
Meanwhile, Bobrovsky's recent struggles have led to questions about whether Alex Lyon should start in Game 3 for the Panthers. Tkachuk's eventful night involved getting into a scuffle with Vegas goalie Adin Hill in the first period and delivering a crushing open ice hit on Eichel in the second period. Eichel agreed that the hit was clean, and the hit was an inflection point for tempers on both sides.
The Golden Knights' nine different scorers through the first two games set a Stanley Cup final record, and they will look to extend their lead in Game 3 on Thursday. The Panthers will have to regroup quickly before the next game, and they will hope to avoid a third straight defeat in the series.