Like one of Bruce Springsteen’s songs “”One Step Up, Two Steps Back”, the Florida Panthers have done it again. He also sings in the song, “it’s the same thing night on night”. Ok, you get the idea. After coming into Mile High Country with a three game winning streak, the Panthers were going for their fourth win in a row, which hadn’t happened yet this season. Why would last night be any different? They didn’t display much desperation, though at times played like they had something to prove. They just couldn’t……finish.
While seemingly outplaying the Colorado Avalanche, the Panthers were stonewalled by their former backup goaltender, Craig Anderson. Anderson made 27 saves for his 7th shutout of the season tying him for the NHL lead with guys like Marty Brodeur, Ilya Byrzgalov, and Florida’s Tomas Vokoun.
Paul Stasny led Colorado with two goals as he was coming off a dreadful performance earlier in the week against Vancouver in which he was a minus three, and made a very costly turnover which lead to a Vancouver score. Also scoring for Colorado was Matt Hendricks as he notched his seventh goal of the season with less than four minutes remaining.
Depending on when you turned on the game, if the score wasn’t being flashed on the T.V. screen, you would have thought that the Panthers were winning. Sorry. Good teams find ways to beat us even when we outplay them. We had chances, but as usual couldn’t bury the puck. Little Stevie had 5 shots on goal. Other than that, I can’t I can’t really find much else to talk about here. Unless you want to know about the consecutive game scoreless streak for Rusty Olesz, which is now at a glaring sixteen games! No worries Rusty, you have a nice fat paycheck! I actually think the Panthers should ask for a refund. If not from him, then from Jackass Martin, the brainchild who awarded Rusty the contract.
Off to San Jose for a Saturday afternoon matchup. It only gets worse as the Sharks are flying high competing for the top spot in the Western Conference. The Panthers are not in a good position right now and would have to win virtually all their games to make the playoffs. That of course also means that all the teams ahead of them would have to fall on their face too.
Don’t worry. The sky isn’t falling!
Thanks for reading.