Panthers vs. Golden Knights live score, updates, highlights from Game 3 of 2023 Stanley Cup Final


The Golden Knights took care of business at home, defeating the Panthers in Games 1 and 2 of the 2023 Stanley Cup to build a 2-0 series lead heading into Game 3 on Thursday.

Florida is aiming to use its home ice to get back into the series. 

The Panthers and Golden Knights are set to meet tonight for the first time in South Florida, with Game 3 at FLA Live Arena on Thursday night. 

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“Coming back home, I think it’s a breath of fresh air for every one of us to take care of home ice like we have all playoffs and make this a series,” Panthers forward Matthew Tkachuk said prior to Game 3. “You can’t make it a series unless you win this game tonight. All we’re focused on is winning one game.”

After securing a 5-2 win to open the Stanley Cup Final, Vegas throttled Florida 7-2 on Monday night to jump out to an early series lead. While the Golden Knights improved to 8-3 at home during this postseason, it marked the first time the Panthers had dropped back-to-back games since the first round. 

Florida is 4-3 on home ice during this postseason, but has won four of its last five contests at FLA Live Arena. Meanwhile, Vegas has been strong on the road, boasting a record of 6-2 as the away team in the 2023 playoffs. 

Game 3 is as close to a must-win game as you can get for Florida. Only four teams in NHL history have ever come back from down 3-0 in a playoff series, and it hasn’t been done in a Stanley Cup Final since the Leafs in 1942. 

The Sporting News is providing updates and highlights from Game 3 of the Golden Knights vs. Panthers Stanley Cup Final.

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Panthers vs. Golden Knights Game 3 score

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

Panthers vs. Golden Knights Game 3 live updates, highlights from 2023 Stanley Cup Final


11:07 p.m.: The Panthers are a perfect 6-0 in overtime during these playoffs, with two OT wins in each of the previous three series. The Golden Knights are 3-1 in overtime during this postseason. 

11:05 p.m.: Reminder that overtime in the playoffs is continuous overtime until a team scores. They’ll play full, 20-minute periods at 5 on 5 until a goal is scored. 

End of the third period: Golden Knights 2, Panthers 2

11:01 p.m.: Sixty minutes isn’t enough for Game 3 and for the first time in this Stanley Cup Final, we’ll head to overtime. Tkachuk’s goal in the final three minutes tied the game 2-2. Vegas will have 1:49 of power play time to start the overtime period. 

10:59 p.m.: With 11 seconds remaining in regulation, the Golden Knights head to the power play as Gustav Forsling is called for tripping Stephenson. It looks like Stephenson clipped skates with Forsling as he was making a move in the offensive zone. 

10:54 p.m.: GOAL! Seconds after the Panthers pull the goalie, Tkachuk ties the game for Florida. He puts home a loose puck in the crease after a shot from Ekblad at the point. We have a knotted game with 2:13 to go. Golden Knights 2, Panthers 2. 

10:54 p.m.: Bobrovsky goes to the bench for the extra attacker with 2:30 to go. 

10:49 p.m.: Vegas was inches away from making it 3-1, but Barbashev’s shot on an odd man rush hits the goal post and stays out. 

10:48 p.m.: Less than five minutes left, and there hasn’t been the desperation push yet from the Panthers, who have just four shots on goal in the third. The Golden Knights have been really good at getting the puck out of their own zone. 

10:45 p.m.: We’re back to 5 on 5 as Gudas and Barbashev exit the box. 

10:40 p.m.: Barbashev and Gudas each get two-minute minors for roughing, so it’ll be 4 on 4. The Golden Knights remain ahead 2-1 against the Panthers with 9:28 to go.

10:35 p.m.: It’s another failed power play for the Panthers. They’re 0-for-5 tonight and haven’t scored a PP goal in this series. For as much as the lack of discipline is hurting the team, so is the power play. 

10:32 p.m.: Florida gets its fifth power play of the game, as this time, it’s Eichel called for hooking with 12:38 remaining. He got his stick right in on the hands of Bennett as he was crashing the net. 

10:27 p.m.: Vegas has been relentless to start the third period. Even with a one-goal lead, the Golden Knights have had the better offensive pressure through the first five minutes. Paul Maurice and the Florida bench have put their lines in a blender. 

10:21 p.m.: The Lundell penalty is killed off, with Bobrovsky making a stellar shoulder save in the dying seconds of the Vegas’ power play, stopping Michael Amadio’s shot from the slot. 

10:20 p.m.: The final 20 minutes of regulation are a go. Vegas starts with 1:23 left on the power play. 

End of the second period: Golden Knights 2, Panthers 1

10:01 p.m.: After two periods, the Golden Knights lead by a goal. Marchessault’s 13th tally of the playoffs was the only tally of the period. Florida’s lack of discipline is killing the team right now, with both of Vegas’ goals coming on the power play. Meanwhile, Florida is 0-for-4 on the man advantage tonight. Vegas will have 1:23 of power play time left to start the third period. 

10 p.m.: With 37 seconds left, the Golden Knights are heading to another power play. Lundell slashes Barbashev, breaking his stick, and it’s another chance for the Golden Knights. 

9:58 p.m.: It’s another empty power play for Florida. Right after the Martinez penalty expires, Bennett turns the puck over in his own zone, sending Chandler Stephenson in alone on Bobrovsky, but the Florida goaltender stops his two jam attempts. 

9:55 p.m.: Another penalty, this time on the Golden Knights as Alec Martinez is whistled for interference with 3:34 left in the second. Florida is 0-for-3 tonight on the PP, and is still looking for its first goal on the man advantage in the series. 

9:52 p.m.: Marchessault is now tied with Leon Draisaitl for the playoffs lead in goals with 13. Draisaitl was eliminated two rounds ago. 

9:50 p.m.: GOAL! Who, but Jonathan Marchessault? The Golden Knights winger rips a one-timer under Bobrovsky’s arm on the power play with five minutes to go for his fourth of the series and third on the PP. It’s the second PP goal of the night for Vegas, who continue to cash in on Florida playing undisciplined. Golden Knights 2, Panthers 1. 

9:47 p.m.: Another penalty to the Panthers means another power play for the Golden Knights. Aleksander Barkov will sit for two for interference. 

9:45 p.m.: Another sensational stop by Bobrovsky, this time on Brett Howden with the blocker. Howden was open on the back door, and got the puck after Bobrovsky missed it, but the Panthers goaltender slide across and got enough to keep it out. 

9:41 p.m.: A huge stop by Bobrovsky denies a pretty passing play from Vegas. McNabb had a chance in the slot to beat Bobrovsky going across the crease, but the Panthers goalie made a shoulder stop to deny him. The game remains 1-1 with 7:43 left in the second. 

9:39 p.m.: The Panthers still have not had a power-play goal in the Stanley Cup Final, as McNabb exits the box. It was a solid PP by Florida, but the team just couldn’t break through on the chances it got in close. 

9:35 p.m.: Now Florida goes to a power play with Brayden McNabb called for hooking. The Panthers get their third PP of the night with 12 minutes left in the second, they haven’t capitalized yet in this series on the man advantage. 

9:34 p.m.: The Ekblad penalty expires, and we’re back to even strength. There were a couple of strong stops by Bobrovsky on that Vegas PP, who has looked at his best in Game 3. 

9:30 p.m.: Vegas is heading to a power play 4:56 into the second as Aaron Ekblad is called for holding. The Golden Knights are 1-for-2 so far tonight on the PP. 

9:28 p.m.: A great stop by Bobrovsky keeps this a tied game. Jack Eichel went along the blue line to Nicolas Hague, who had time and space to walk in and get a clean shot off, but it went right into the glove of the Panthers goalie. 

9:25 p.m.: Tkachuk is back on the Panthers’ bench, that’s massive for Florida. 

9:25 p.m.: An ugly power play for the Panthers, who can’t get much going. 

9:22 p.m.: The Panthers are getting a power play just 24 seconds into the second, as Carrier trips Colin White. Florida is 0-for-1 so far tonight on the man advantage. 

9:21 p.m.: No Tkachuk on the Florida bench to start the second. There still hans’t been an update on his status, but not good news so far for the Panthers. 

End of the first period: Panthers 1, Golden Knights 1

9:02 p.m.: It’s a 1-1 game after 20 minutes. Florida got out to a great start, but penalties once again are an issue tonight for the club, and Vegas’ power play gets the team on the board. The biggest concern for the Panthers is the status of Matthew Tkachuk, who left early in the first after a hit from Kolesar, and has yet to return. There were not many shots in the period, with the totals being 6-5 in favor of the Golden Knights. 

8:56 p.m.: GOAL! Vegas ties the game on the power play thanks to a goal from Mark Stone with 3:57 left in the first. Stone got a stick on a shot attempt from Jonathan Marchessault and tipped it past Bobrovsky. That’s the third-straight game the Golden Knights get on the board thanks to the power play, as the Panthers continue to shoot themselves in the foot by being undisciplined. Panthers 1, Golden Knights 1. 

8:54 p.m.: Now Vegas heads to a power play as Anthony Duclair is called for tripping. It’ll be 4 on 3 in favor of the Golden Knights for 1:37. 

8:53 p.m.: We’ll play 4 on 4 here as Carrier is called for boarding, and then Radko Gudas is called for cross-checking. Florida was going to have a power play, but the retaliation from Gudas sends both players off. 

8:53 p.m.: No word on Tkachuk’s status, per Jackie Redmond on the broadcast. 

8:49 p.m.: Florida kills off the Staal minor. Vegas got just one shot on net during that power play, bumping its period total to two. There have not been many shots on goal from either side. 

8:45 p.m.: Marc Staal trips Ivan Barbashev on what would have been a sure 2 on 1, so the Golden Knights head to their first power play of the night with 7:36 to go in the opening frame. 

8:44 p.m.: Lundell nearly doubled the lead for the Panthers, but he hit the post. A really bad defensive breakdown by Vegas left Lundell all alone in front of the net, but the attempt wouldn’t go. 

8:43 p.m.: It appears Eric Staal has been bumped up to play with Sam Bennett and Nick Cousins with Tkachuk out for the time being. 

8:40 p.m.: The first period is halfway over, and this might be the best the Florida defense as looked all series. Vegas hasn’t generated anything offensively, with just one shot on Bobrovsky so far. 

8:36 p.m.: Golden Knights kill off the Carrier minor, but the bigger news is that Tkachuk has headed down the tunnel to the locker room. He played the first power play shift after the Kolesar hit, but clearly was not 100%. That’s a big loss if he’s out for the Panthers. 

8:32 p.m.: Keegan Kolesar flattens Tkachuk, but seconds later, William Carrier high-sticks Sam Bennett, giving Florida an early power play. 

8:29 p.m.: GOAL! There’s the start Florida needed, as Brandon Montour opens the scoring 4:08 into the game. Matthew Tkachuk finds a cutting Montour from the point, who beats Adin Hill over the right shoulder. Montour had six goals through the first eight playoff games, but hadn’t lit the lamp since Game 1 against the Leafs in the second round. His seventh gives the Panthers an early lead Panthers 1, Golden Knights 0. 

8:27 p.m.: Paul Maurice said before Game 3 that he didn’t think his team needed to be as physical. It seems like his crew received the message, as there has been a noticeable change to start Game 3. There’s still plenty of hits being thrown, but they have been with purpose, rather than guys chasing around looking for contact. 

8:23 p.m.: Game 3 is underway from Sunrise, Fla. 


7:45 p.m.: Here’s how the two sides line up for Game 3. There are no changes on the Vegas side, while Florida goes back to the normal 12 forwards and six defenseman. Zac Dalpe draws in while Casey Fitzgerald will sit. 

7:15 p.m.: Only five teams have ever come back from down 0-2 in a Stanley Cup Final to win. The last one to do so was the 2011 Bruins, who fell behind two games to the Canucks before winning four of the next five games. 

7 p.m.: There was a bit of speculation about who would be in net for Game 3 on the Florida side, but Paul Maurice is going with Sergei Bobrovsky again. After allowing four goals in Game 1, he was pulled in the second period of Game 2 after allowing four goals on 13 shots. It was the first time all postseason Bobrovsky dropped back-to-back games. 

6:30 p.m.: After leaving Game 2 in the first period, Radko Gudas is expected to suit up for the Panthers for Game 3. He did not skate with the team on Wednesday. 

Panthers vs. Golden Knights Game 3 start time

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

Panthers vs. Golden Knights Game 3 puck drop is set for 8 p.m. ET on Thursday, June 8.

The game is being played at FLA Live Arena in Sunrise, Fla.

What channel is Panthers vs. Golden Knights Game 3 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 3 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 3 odds

  • Puckline: Panthers -1.5 (+213) | Golden Knights +1.5 (-257)
  • Moneyline: Panthers -121 | Golden Knights +100
  • O/U: 6.0

The Panthers enter Game 3 as favorites at home over the Golden Knights once again. The Golden Knights were favored in the first two games, picking up wins in both. 

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 FINAL Golden Knights 7, Panthers 2
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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