Panthers captain Barkov: This team always lives in the moment

– I think this group always lives in the moment. We don’t think much forward or backward. We know we’re in a good position right now, and we’re excited about it. Before the match, you need to take some rest and time to prepare, Panthers captain Alexander Barkov said.

Defender Nico Mikkola was the same way and insisted that it was not appropriate to look too far into the future.

– All you can do is focus on the next exchange. The opponent comes hard and with a frenzy of frustration, so we have to focus and skate aggressively. Faced with talented opponents throughout the playoffs. “There are constant challenges, but my partner and I have managed the situation well,” Mikkola said.

Along with Fargo, goalkeeper Sergei Bobrovsky has been Florida’s single most important player in the finals.

– He has played incredibly well. On the other hand, we have defended well with the whole five, Mikkola assesses.

Florida head coach Paul Morris was relieved Saturday morning. There’s a reason: the team has won three in the past, and the opposition has only scored four times in three matches.

– When you wake up in the morning and remember being at risk, you don’t need your morning coffee. In the morning snow, I hope no one slips on the puck. If you don’t enjoy ice cream in the morning, why is this work worth doing, exclaims Maurice.

Of course, a favorable position in the tournament creates its own pressure. Picking up a fourth win in a playoff series is always tough. Panthers are familiar with challenging situations.

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– We’ve played our best hockey of the season in the third period and under pressure. We’re still trying to capitalize on that, Morris said.

Viaplay and V sport’s live coverage of the fourth final starts at 3:15 am Finnish time on Sunday.

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