The newly 33-year-old Gudas missed half of the opening period in the first game, but then returned to the game. In the second match of the Czech back, Golden Knights forward Ivan Barbašev hit hard in the seventh minute. Gudas then headed straight for the cabin and never appeared on the ice again. He did not train on Wednesday. “We expect to start with the same line-up and that Radko will play,” coach Maurice told overseas media.
The Panthers need to improve especially in defensive activity, as they conceded a total of 12 goals in the first two finals. And it is Gudas who should help with this after overcoming an unspecified injury. In 18 starts in this year’s playoffs, he has 81 hits in addition to three records, which is the most in the entire league. “He’s a hugely important part of our team so we’re really hoping he can play,” captain Aleksander Barkov said.