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Golden Knights players leave the ice as fans react beating the Florida Panthers 3-2 following period 3 of Game 4 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Final series at FLA Live Arena on Saturday, June 10, 2023, in Sunrise, Fla. (L.E. Baskow/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @Left_Eye_Images
Florida Panthers goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky (72) deflects a shot from Golden Knights right wing Jonathan Marchessault (81) in period 2 of Game 4 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Final series at FLA Live Arena on Saturday, June 10, 2023, in Sunrise, Fla. (L.E. Baskow/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @Left_Eye_Images
Golden Knights center Chandler Stephenson (20) scores past Florida Panthers goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky (72) in period one of Game 4 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Final series at FLA Live Arena on Saturday, June 10, 2023, in Sunrise, Fla. (L.E. Baskow/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @Left_Eye_Images
Florida Panthers goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky (72) deflects a shot by Golden Knights right wing Michael Amadio (22) with Florida Panthers center Sam Reinhart (13) near in period one of Game 4 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Final series at FLA Live Arena on Saturday, June 10, 2023, in Sunrise, Fla. (L.E. Baskow/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @Left_Eye_Images
Golden Knights right wing Mark Stone (61) takes shot on Florida Panthers goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky (72) in period 2 of Game 4 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Final series at FLA Live Arena on Saturday, June 10, 2023, in Sunrise, Fla. (L.E. Baskow/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @Left_Eye_Images
Golden Knights players celebrate a goal against the Florida Panthers in period 2 of Game 4 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Final series at FLA Live Arena on Saturday, June 10, 2023, in Sunrise, Fla. (L.E. Baskow/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @Left_Eye_Images
Golden Knights goaltender Adin Hill (33) and defenseman Shea Theodore (27) fight off a shot from Florida Panthers center Aleksander Barkov (16) in period 3 of Game 4 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Final series at FLA Live Arena on Saturday, June 10, 2023, in Sunrise, Fla. (L.E. Baskow/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @Left_Eye_Images
Golden Knights center Brett Howden (21) celebrates after the team scored against the Florida Panthers in period 2 of Game 4 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Final series at FLA Live Arena on Saturday, June 10, 2023, in Sunrise, Fla. (L.E. Baskow/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @Left_Eye_Images
Golden Knights defenseman Alex Pietrangelo (7) gets a stick to the back of the neck from Florida Panthers left wing Matthew Tkachuk (19) during fights following period 3 of Game 4 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Final series at FLA Live Arena on Saturday, June 10, 2023, in Sunrise, Fla. (L.E. Baskow/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @Left_Eye_Images
Golden Knights defenseman Zach Whitecloud (2) fights with Florida Panthers center Anton Lundell (15 )assisted by Golden Knights center Chandler Stephenson (20) in period one of Game 4 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Final series at FLA Live Arena on Saturday, June 10, 2023, in Sunrise, Fla. (L.E. Baskow/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @Left_Eye_Images
Golden Knights center William Karlsson (71) takes shot on Florida Panthers goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky (72) in period 2 of Game 4 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Final series at FLA Live Arena on Saturday, June 10, 2023, in Sunrise, Fla. (L.E. Baskow/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @Left_Eye_Images
Golden Knights defenseman Alex Pietrangelo (7) and defenseman Zach Whitecloud (2) are grabbed by Florida Panthers center Carter Verhaeghe (23) and center Aleksander Barkov (16) during fights following period 3 of Game 4 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Final series at FLA Live Arena on Saturday, June 10, 2023, in Sunrise, Fla. (L.E. Baskow/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @Left_Eye_Images
Golden Knights center Chandler Stephenson (20) celebrates a score past Florida Panthers goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky (72) in period one of Game 4 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Final series at FLA Live Arena on Saturday, June 10, 2023, in Sunrise, Fla. (L.E. Baskow/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @Left_Eye_Images
Golden Knights right wing Mark Stone (61) looks for a pass defended by Florida Panthers defenseman Aaron Ekblad (5) in period 2 of Game 4 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Final series at FLA Live Arena on Saturday, June 10, 2023, in Sunrise, Fla. (L.E. Baskow/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @Left_Eye_Images
Golden Knights center Jack Eichel (9) lies injured on the ice against the Florida Pantghers in period 2 of Game 4 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Final series at FLA Live Arena on Saturday, June 10, 2023, in Sunrise, Fla. (L.E. Baskow/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @Left_Eye_Images
Elvis from Vegas chats with the Rat King from Florida loose for a photo outside before Game 4 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Final series with the Golden Knights facing the Florida Panthers at FLA Live Arena on Saturday, June 10, 2023, in Sunrise, Fla. (L.E. Baskow/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @Left_Eye_Images
Golden Knights players skate on the ice as towels are hung on the seats during the morning skate before Game 4 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Final series against the Florida Panthers at FLA Live Arena on Saturday, June 10, 2023, in Sunrise, Fla. (L.E. Baskow/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @Left_Eye_Images
Golden Knights fans celebrate their first goal against the Florida Panthers in period one of Game 4 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Final series at FLA Live Arena on Saturday, June 10, 2023, in Sunrise, Fla. (L.E. Baskow/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @Left_Eye_Images
Golden Knights center Brett Howden (21) lays on the ice after being knocked down by Florida Panthers defenseman Gustav Forsling (42) and teammates in period 2 of Game 4 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Final series at FLA Live Arena on Saturday, June 10, 2023, in Sunrise, Fla. (L.E. Baskow/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @Left_Eye_Images
Golden Knights players skate on the ice during the morning skate before Game 4 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Final series against the Florida Panthers at FLA Live Arena on Saturday, June 10, 2023, in Sunrise, Fla. (L.E. Baskow/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @Left_Eye_Images
Golden Knights center Jack Eichel (9) maneuvers around Florida Panthers center Sam Bennett (9) in period 2 of Game 4 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Final series at FLA Live Arena on Saturday, June 10, 2023, in Sunrise, Fla. (L.E. Baskow/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @Left_Eye_Images
Golden Knights goaltender Adin Hill (33) makes a save against the Florida Panthers in period one of Game 4 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Final series at FLA Live Arena on Saturday, June 10, 2023, in Sunrise, Fla. (L.E. Baskow/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @Left_Eye_Images
Golden Knights players skate on the ice as towels are hung on the seats during the morning skate before Game 4 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Final series against the Florida Panthers at FLA Live Arena on Saturday, June 10, 2023, in Sunrise, Fla. (L.E. Baskow/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @Left_Eye_Images
Fans enter the arena before Game 4 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Final series with the Golden Knights facing the Florida Panthers at FLA Live Arena on Saturday, June 10, 2023, in Sunrise, Fla. (L.E. Baskow/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @Left_Eye_Images
Golden Knights defenseman Alec Martinez (23) kicks up some ice while chasing a puck to goaltender Adin Hill (33) during the morning skate before Game 4 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Final series at FLA Live Arena on Saturday, June 10, 2023, in Sunrise, Fla. (L.E. Baskow/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @Left_Eye_Images
Golden Knights goaltender Adin Hill (33) catches a puck as ice from it flies off during the morning skate before Game 4 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Final series at FLA Live Arena on Saturday, June 10, 2023, in Sunrise, Fla. (L.E. Baskow/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @Left_Eye_Images
Golden Knights center William Karlsson (71) laughs during the morning skate before Game 4 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Final series at FLA Live Arena on Saturday, June 10, 2023, in Sunrise, Fla. (L.E. Baskow/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @Left_Eye_Images
Golden Knights head coach Bruce Cassidy watches his players practice during the morning skate before Game 4 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Final series at FLA Live Arena on Saturday, June 10, 2023, in Sunrise, Fla. (L.E. Baskow/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @Left_Eye_Images
Golden Knights head coach Bruce Cassidy yells instructions to his players practice during the morning skate before Game 4 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Final series at FLA Live Arena on Saturday, June 10, 2023, in Sunrise, Fla. (L.E. Baskow/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @Left_Eye_Images
Golden Knights center Jack Eichel (9) laughs at a teammate during the morning skate before Game 4 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Final series at FLA Live Arena on Saturday, June 10, 2023, in Sunrise, Fla. (L.E. Baskow/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @Left_Eye_Images
Grant and Jesse Traub of Las Vegas are pumped up as they enter the arena for Game 4 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Final series with the Golden Knights facing the Florida Panthers at FLA Live Arena on Saturday, June 10, 2023, in Sunrise, Fla. (L.E. Baskow/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @Left_Eye_Images
Golden Knights right wing Mark Stone (61) enters the ice during the morning skate before Game 4 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Final series against the Florida Panthers at FLA Live Arena on Saturday, June 10, 2023, in Sunrise, Fla. (L.E. Baskow/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @Left_Eye_Images
Florida Panthers defenseman Brandon Montour (62) smacks the face of Golden Knights defenseman Zach Whitecloud (2) in period two of Game 4 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Final series at FLA Live Arena on Saturday, June 10, 2023, in Sunrise, Fla. (L.E. Baskow/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @Left_Eye_Images
Golden Knights goaltender Adin Hill (33) and defenseman Shea Theodore (27) combine to save the score attempt by Florida Panthers center Aleksander Barkov (16) in period 3 of Game 4 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Final series at FLA Live Arena on Saturday, June 10, 2023, in Sunrise, Fla. (L.E. Baskow/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @Left_Eye_Images
Golden Knights goaltender Adin Hill (33) and defenseman Shea Theodore (27) combine to save the score attempt by Florida Panthers center Aleksander Barkov (16) in period 3 of Game 4 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Final series at FLA Live Arena on Saturday, June 10, 2023, in Sunrise, Fla. (L.E. Baskow/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @Left_Eye_Images
Golden Knights goaltender Adin Hill (33) makes another save against Florida Panthers defenseman Aaron Ekblad (5) in period 3 of Game 4 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Final series at FLA Live Arena on Saturday, June 10, 2023, in Sunrise, Fla. (L.E. Baskow/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @Left_Eye_Images
Golden Knights goaltender Adin Hill (33) is crashed into by Florida Panthers left wing Matthew Tkachuk (19) with a shot from Golden Knights defenseman Brayden McNabb (3) in period 3 of Game 4 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Final series at FLA Live Arena on Saturday, June 10, 2023, in Sunrise, Fla. (L.E. Baskow/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @Left_Eye_Images
Golden Knights defenseman Brayden McNabb (3) begins to celebrate the win as fights break out against the Florida Panthers in period 3 of Game 4 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Final series at FLA Live Arena on Saturday, June 10, 2023, in Sunrise, Fla. (L.E. Baskow/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @Left_Eye_Images
Golden Knights and Florida Panthers players fight as the game ends after period 3 of Game 4 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Final series at FLA Live Arena on Saturday, June 10, 2023, in Sunrise, Fla. (L.E. Baskow/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @Left_Eye_Images
Golden Knights goaltender Adin Hill (33) looks dismayed as his teammates and the Florida Panthers fight following period 3 of Game 4 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Final series at FLA Live Arena on Saturday, June 10, 2023, in Sunrise, Fla. (L.E. Baskow/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @Left_Eye_Images
Golden Knights center Jack Eichel (9) looks to pass ahead of Florida Panthers center Carter Verhaeghe (23) in period 1 of Game 4 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Final series at FLA Live Arena on Saturday, June 10, 2023, in Sunrise, Fla. (L.E. Baskow/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @Left_Eye_Images
Florida Panthers goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky (72) is unable to stop a goal by the Golden Knights in period 2 of Game 4 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Final series at FLA Live Arena on Saturday, June 10, 2023, in Sunrise, Fla. (L.E. Baskow/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @Left_Eye_Images

SUNRISE, Fla. — The shattered sticks of William Karlsson and Zach Whitecloud on the FLA Live Arena ice told the tale of the Golden Knights’ victory Saturday.

For the second straight game, the Knights needed to defend a late one-goal lead against the Florida Panthers. They slipped Thursday. The team — which has rallied around the mantra “it hurts to win” this postseason — sold out to prevent it from happening again, whether it took a stick, a shin or anything else solid enough to step in front of the puck.

The Knights survived a 2:26 stretch with goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky out of the net to close out a 3-2 win in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final.

That gave them a 3-1 series lead and moved them within one win of their ultimate goal.

The Knights can clinch the first championship in franchise history Tuesday in Game 5 at T-Mobile Arena.

“We had a couple huge shot blocks,” captain Mark Stone said. “Guys sold out to get it done.”

The Knights’ final defensive stand in many ways showed what makes this team so special.

It’s a committed group. The Knights blocked 30 shots Saturday, one fewer than the number they allowed on net. Three of those blocks came with Bobrovsky on the bench. They did whatever it took to box out in front of goaltender Adin Hill and prevent chances from getting through their solid defensive structure.

The Knights also rarely make the same mistake twice.

They let Game 3 get away when Panthers leading scorer Matthew Tkachuk scored a six-on-five goal with Bobrovsky on the bench with 2:13 remaining in regulation. Left wing Carter Verhaeghe scored in overtime to give Florida a 3-2 win.

The Knights executed much better the second time around to improve to 5-1 in the playoffs after a loss.

“I wasn’t thinking, ‘Here we go again’” coach Bruce Cassidy said. “One thing our team does well is they respond to some adversity or whatever hasn’t gone well.”

The Knights were in that position again after surging out of the gate.

Center Chandler Stephenson scored his second goal 7:28 into the second period. Karlsson added on 3:36 later to put the Knights up 3-0.

In many ways, it was fitting Stephenson led the charge. His line with Stone and left wing Brett Howden, as well as defensemen Nic Hague and Zach Whitecloud, were on the ice for all three Florida goals Thursday.

Stone had two assists in Game 4, and Hague and Whitecloud were both plus-3.

“We just didn’t want to lose,” said Stephenson, who had his second multigoal game of the playoffs to become the third Knights player with at least 10 this postseason. “We wanted to push as best we could and try to take their fans out of it. We did a lot of good things in the last game and just wanted to continue that tonight. We just tried to have a killer instinct.”

Like they did in Game 3, the Panthers still found a way to push back.

Defenseman Brandon Montour got his team on the board with a wild goal with 3:51 left in the second period. His shot bounced off defenseman Brayden McNabb’s skate and defenseman Shea Theodore’s ankle to get past Hill, who could do nothing but smile about it.

Florida captain Aleksander Barkov reduced the deficit to one with a one-timer 3:50 into the third. The announced crowd of 19,986 — egged on to start the game by recent PGA Championship winner Brooks Koepka — sprang to life waving their white rally towels featuring the names of the Panthers’ previously defeated foes.

But the Knights dug in to ensure their lead didn’t disappear.

Not even a late delay of game penalty on defenseman Alex Pietrangelo or Karlsson’s and Whitecloud’s broken sticks could stop the team from the task at hand.

Hill added three more saves with six attackers on the ice to finish with 29 in his 10th win of the playoffs. He is the first goaltender in NHL history to get 10 victories in a postseason after not playing in the first round. His heroics mean the Stanley Cup will be in the building for Game 5.

The Knights are one win from making owner Bill Foley’s “Cup in six” prediction come true. It would take a total turnaround for it not to happen.

Teams that go up 3-1 in the final have a 36-1 series record. And as the Knights showed Saturday, their willingness to sacrifice themselves in search of a win makes them almost impossible to beat twice in a row.

“We didn’t feel like we gave up a whole lot,” Pietrangelo said. “(Hill) made the saves that we needed him to make, and we scored when we needed to. We faced a little bit of adversity there in the third period, they were coming at us, but we got through it.”

Contact Ben Gotz at bgotz@reviewjournal.com. Follow @BenSGotz on Twitter.

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