Maurice has 'complete faith' in Bobrovsky entering Game 3
Florida Panthers head coach Paul Maurice remains confident in Sergei Bobrovsky despite the goaltender giving up four goals on 13 shots during Monday's 7-2 loss to the Vegas Golden Knights in Game 2.
"I thought Sergei was like our team," Maurice said of Bobrovsky in Game 2, per Sportsnet's Luke Fox.
"I thought we were just slightly off it. We didn't give him a chance. He didn't maybe quiet the game early for us when we needed it quieted by the goaltender. But I got complete faith in what he'll be able to do in Game 3."
Bobrovsky has been pivotal to the Panthers' playoff run. Despite his Cup Final struggles, he still owns a sparkling .925 save percentage in 16 appearances this postseason.
Maurice dismissed the notion that Bobrovsky is dealing with fatigue from the grueling playoff run.
"If we were playing tomorrow, or two days as we are, he'll have a game plan for it," Maurice said. "This isn't a fatigue thing. We've been off the ice for a block. He was very, very good in Game 1."
Bobrovksy's teammate Sam Bennett gave him a vote of confidence, too.
"He's been our best player all playoffs," the forward said after the loss, per ESPN's Ryan Clark. "We have total belief in him. We have to do a better job helping him out and not give up so many grade A chances on him. There's no issue there. We have the utmost confidence in him."
Alex Lyon, who began the playoffs as the Panthers' starter, came in to replace Bobrovsky in Game 2 but didn't fare much better, allowing three goals on 15 shots.
Bobrovsky, 34, put together a pedestrian 2022-23 regular season with a .901 save percentage in 50 games.
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