Matthew Tkachuk reacts to brutal loss in Game 4.

Matthew Tkachuk reacts to brutal loss in Game 4.

Florida Panthers star forward Matthew Tkachuk spoke to the media following a 8-1 thrashing from the Edmonton Oilers.

Jonathan Larivee

The Florida Panthers had all of the confidence in the world coming into Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final on Saturday night, but a dominant 60 minute performance from the Edmonton Oilers in response to being on the brink of elimination may very well have changed the tone of this series.

Of course the Oilers will still have an enormous mountain to climb if they wish to overcome the Panthers and claim the Stanley Cup as their own, but you do have to wonder if the Oilers may have managed to crack that confidence after such a strong performance in an 8-1 victory.

It certainly doesn't sound like it will have any lasting impact on Florida Panthers star forward Matthew Tkachuk, who sounded like he had already put the brutal loss behind him immediately following the conclusion of the game. Rather than lamenting on the loss, Tkachuk was laser focused on the future and the team's goal of capturing the Stanley Cup.

"We’re in an unbelievable spot right now," said Tkachuk in spite of the loss. "We came here and after all that craziness got a split. Now we’re going home [to play] in front of our unbelievable fans. They’re so excited to see us and we’re so excited to play in front of them again."

Tkachuk wasn't only focused on the positives however, he also took the bullet for goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky who gave up 5 goals on just 17 shots in spite of being outstanding in the first 3 games of the Stanley Cup Final.

"We gave up eight goals and zero of them were the goalies’ fault," taking the blame for his goaltender.

The Panthers will look to learn from this loss and quickly move on according to Tkachuk, which seems to fit exactly with how he has handled this loss.

"We haven't lost a game in a while until tonight," admitted Tkachuk. "At the end of the day back to the drawing board. We win, we learn from it and we put it aside, we lose same thing."

Game 5 will be on Tuesday.