I can’t believe what I’ve been watching lately. I must have fainted as the above photo depicts.
They say that Cats have nine lives which may be true and if it is, the Florida Panthers have about used up their allotment. Not to say that they are left for dead yet, but based on how things went last night there appears to be not much heart and soul left as they dropped their fourth in a row to the Carolina Hurricanes. Carolina is now 6 points behind the Panthers and firmly believes that they still have a chance to make the playoffs in the tight Eastern Conference.
Not to remind you of the Panthers issues of late, but let’s quickly recap them for us. They have scored a whopping four goals in this losing streak. The primary scoring has become non-existent, even though Cory Stillman scored the lone Panther goal last night. Secondary scoring is right where it has been most of the year. Not even on the map. The Panthers have had many of the top 9 forwards going 15 and 16 games without scoring. You know you have a problem when Gregory Campbell is on the ice on the powerplay. Campbell has 2 goals this year, so can someone explain that one to me?
Tomas Vokoun making his 19th consecutive start, stopped 26 shots in an effort to stop the losing streak. I’ve said it before and I’ll repeat myself: I feel for Vokoun as he has been the only bright spot for Florida. He deserves a much better fate for the way he’s been playing.
Manny Legace who was in net for Carolina was rarely tested as he made 19 saves as Carolina won their third game in a row without number one netminder Cam Ward who is out with a back injury. The anemic Panther offence has shown no signs of improvement and has picked the absolute worst time to go missing in action.
Defenceman Joni Pitkanen for Carolina scored the game winning goal, and former Panther Matt Cullen had a goal and two assists. Tuomo Ruutu and Jussi Jokinen (picked off the scrap heap last year) had the other two goals for the Canes.
There wasn’t much life, not much heart, and basically they just didn’t compete. Words like desperation, listless and lack of focus can all be used to describe things lately. It’s getting difficult to watch as we slip further and further behind. The comments like “your best players have to be your best players” from Coach DeBoer are getting old.
Either he’s lost the room, or he’s about out of ideas to get this group to perform. It’s not looking good for him or the players. At some point something has to give and someone has to go. Who is that going to be?
The streaking Vancouver Canucks bring their sister act (Sedin Twins) and Roberto SoLongo to the Bank Atlantic Center Thursday night.
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