Feeling positive after Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final, the Edmonton Oilers faced a tough challenge.

Although they were held scoreless with a three-goal deficit, Florida Panthers goalie Sergei Bobrovsky gave an exceptional performance that thwarted their offensive strength.

While the Oilers managed to avoid being shut out in the match on Monday night, the outcome was unfavorable, leading to another defeat and placing Edmonton in a 0-2 disadvantage as the series transitions to Canada.

Despite being one of the highest-scoring teams in the NHL, Edmonton has only scored a single goal in the initial two games of the final.

During Game 2 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Final, Sergei Bobrovsky (72) and left wing Matthew Tkachuk (19) defend the net from a shot by Edmonton Oilers center Connor McDavid (97). AP

In the first two periods of Monday, the Panthers outshot the Oilers 22-7.

Edmonton’s tally of seven shots on goal through the first 40 minutes marked the lowest for a team in two periods of a Stanley Cup Final since Game 6 of the 2006 championship series when the Carolina Hurricanes achieved a similar number of shots on goal against the Oilers.

This occurred right after Edmonton outshot the Panthers 32-18 in a Game 1 performance that star Connor McDavid described as a confidence boost.

At Amerant Bank Arena on Monday, Florida Panthers forward Evan Rodrigues (17) celebrates after scoring a goal against the Edmonton Oilers in Game 2 of the 2024 Stanley Cup Final. USA TODAY Sports via Reuters Con

In Game 1, Connor McDavid, who couldn’t score, assisted Mattias Ekholm for Edmonton’s sole goal of the night. It was a 4-on-4 situation resulting in the Oilers’ initial shot on goal during the game.

McDavid, leading all postseason scorers with 32 points, has now accumulated 17 points in games following a loss during this postseason.

Florida Panthers forward Evan Rodrigues (17) celebrates after scoring against the Edmonton Oilers in Game 2 of the 2024 Stanley Cup Final. USA TODAY Sports via Reuters Con
In Game 2 of the 2024 Stanley Cup Final at Amerant Bank Arena, Oilers forward Mattias Janmark (13) checks Florida Panthers defenseman Niko Mikkola (77) during the first period. Jim Rassol-USA TODAY Sports

However, Edmonton’s other shining player, the 2020 league MVP Leon Draisaitl, is still awaiting his first point in the series and has not made a significant impact.

In the third period, Draisaitl received a roughing penalty after shoving Florida captain Aleksander Barkov.

Aleksander Barkov (16) of the Florida Panthers and Mattias Janmark (13) of the Edmonton Oilers engaging in a battle for position during the first period of Game 2 of the 2024 Stanley Cup Final. NHLI via Getty Images

Goalkeeper Stuart Skinner, following his earlier 15-save performance, managed to make 24 saves on Monday night.

The Oilers are evidently frustrated by the experience of the Panthers, who participated in the final just one year ago. Florida has successfully restrained Edmonton’s strengths, despite the Oilers boasting the best power play of the postseason with a 37.3% success rate, as they are now 0-for-7 in the series.