ARLINGTON Womens Jake Gardiner Jersey , Va. (AP) Gerard Gallant made Shea Theodore skip a shift. He’s not making him walk the plank for two rough games.Theodore’s struggles are a major reason the Golden Knights trail the Capitals 2-1 in the Stanley Cup Final going into Game 4 on Monday night in Washington. The talented, young defenseman has been on the ice for four of the Capitals’ past six goals in the series and was primarily responsible for two in Vegas’ Game 3 loss Saturday night.”Did Shea do something real bad? He plays the game like everybody else,” Gallant said Sunday in a passionate defense of Theodore. ”He made a couple mistakes, they ended up in the back of our net. A lot of guys make mistakes in hockey games and they don’t end up in the back of the net. Shea’s a 22-year-old kid who I love. He’s a great player. He’s going to be a star in this league.”Theodore doesn’t need to be a star, but he needs to be better for the Golden Knights to have a realistic chance of coming back in the Cup Final. In Game 3 alone, he made an ill-advised decision that sparked an odd-man rush on Evgeny Kuznetsov’s goal, and committed a brutal turnover that led to Devante Smith-Pelly’s goal that sealed it for Washington.Trailing by two in the third period, Gallant sat the offensively gifted Theodore for more than three minutes after that giveaway. Gallant expects his whole team to be better with the puck, and Theodore knows that certainly includes him.”Personally, not a good game Tyler Graovac Jersey Womens ,” Theodore said. ”I’ve got to be better all over the ice and definitely recharge tomorrow and get back at it. You have to have a short memory on these type of things, and it’s a seven-game series.”The series won’t get to seven games if Theodore’s mistakes continue to haunt the Golden Knights. In addition to the blunders that cost them two goals, arguably Theodore’s worst play Saturday night came when he lollygagged down the ice on the power play and got outraced by Capitals defenseman Matt Niskanen so badly goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury had to come out of his net and wound up taking a tripping penalty.That cost Vegas a big opportunity to score on the power play and cut the deficit in half.”We all make mistakes,” Fleury said in French. ”He must forget it.”That’s the message from veteran defense partner Deryk Engelland, who teammates notice has been a calming and positive influence on Theodore. Engelland talked to Theodore after the loss and again the morning after to reassure him and reinforce some positive thinking.”He’s young, you’re going to have mistakes,” Engelland said ”It’s a new day. We’ve got to get ready for Game 4 and you’ve just got to tell him to simplify, make the simple, easy play that he’s done all year for us, and just get back to our games.”Teammates have been just as quick as Gallant to praise Theodore for his strong play this season Youth John Tavares Jersey , and there’s no doubt he’s a factor in the expansion team getting this far. But at the most critical stage of the Golden Knights’ journey, he has been close to his worst and knows it.”I just have to be much better than I was,” Theodore said.—More Stanley Cup coverage: https://apnews.com/tag/StanleyCupFinals— VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) Jamie McGinn and his Florida Panthers teammates were thinking about the shooting back home as they faced the Vancouver Canucks.Many of the Panther players were emotional after their 4-3 victory Wednesday night. At least 17 people were killed in the shooting at Parkland, Fla. that’s near the practice facility.”It was tough,” said McGinn, who scored a power-play goal in the win. ”You turn on the TV in the afternoon . . . and it’s close to home. This is where a lot of the guys, they have young kids now, but when they get older that’s the high school they will be going to, so it affected our team.Article continues below ...”It’s a sad world we live in right now.”Captain Derek Mackenzie’s voice cracked with emotion when talking to reporters.”I think it goes to show the character in the room Authentic Mitchell Marner Jersey ,” he said. ”We talked about getting two points and kind of dedicating this win to everybody back home.”What can I say? It’s a sad day. I wish I was there right now to talk to my family and neighbors and everyone that has been affected by this. But we can’t be there so the next best thing is come back and win.”Florida gave up a goal just 32 seconds into the game and trailed 2-1 with just over eight minutes gone in the first period. The Panthers battled back with three straight goals before the period ended, the last two just 1:11 apart.”I don’t know if it was one of our best games, but you give credit to the guys, given the circumstances today,” said MacKenzie.”I thought we had a bit of a sluggish start, probably for a lot of reasons, then kind of settled in and tried to control emotions and came up with two points.”Nick Bjugstad led the Panthers with a goal and an assist.Evgenii Dadonov and Alexander Petrovic also scored for Florida (25-23-6). The Panthers are 6-1-0 in their last seven games and are seven points behind the Carolina Hurricanes for the second wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference.Bo Horvat had a goal and two assists for Vancouver (22-29-6). Brock Boeser, on a power play, and Michael Del Zotto also scored for the Canucks, who are 1-6-0 in their last seven games.Florida goalie James Reimer Morgan Rielly Jersey , making his second consecutive start after missing six games with a groin injury, stopped 34 shots. Canuck goaltender Jacob Markstrom was replaced after allowing four goals on 14 shots in the first period. Anders Nilsson stopped all 20 shots he faced in relief.The first period saw a couple of strange goals scored.Vancouver’s opening goal came when Del Zotto took a shot that Reimer stopped. The rebound floated high in the air and appeared to deflect off Panthers defenseman Aaron Ekblad’s stick into the net.McGinn tied the game on another bizarre play. Ekblad took a shot from a sharp angle that hit McGinn on the back, flipped over his shoulder and into the net.It was that kind of night, said Horvat.”It was a bunch of fluke goals,” he shrugged. ”You can’t make any excuses.”It was fluky goals tonight but that’s the way it bounces.”It was a frustrating loss for the Canucks, who were coming off an impressive 6-0 shutout of the Dallas Stars Sunday night.”We have to be consistent,” said Horvat. ”We’ve had great games then the next game or two games haven’t been so good.”To find that consistency in our game will be huge.”Head coach Travis Green said his team did some things well, but didn’t play good enough for a long enough stretch to win.”They are a really fast team,” said the rookie head coach. ”If you are going to beat a fast team you have to be able to pass the puck, you have to be able to handle the puck Womens Nazem Kadri Jersey , your details have to be good and you have to win puck battles.”As times we did that, at times we didn’t, especially in the first period. We’re not a good enough team to not play a good 60 minutes, not to be on top of our game, not have everyone playing pretty good hockey.”NOTES: There was a moment of silence prior to the game for the shooting victims. . The Canucks announced Wednesday GM Jim Benning has been given a contract extension. . Former Canuck goaltender Roberto Luongo, who missed 26 games with a groin injury, was activated off injured reserve and backed up Reimer.UP NEXT:Panthers: At Calgary on Saturday.Canucks: At San Jose on Thursday.