Sorry I couldn’t resist the headline, but if you watched the game, that’s what really happened as Washington proved to be no match for the Florida Panthers. Even without Alexander Ovechkin who was serving the first game of a two game suspension, the Capitals managed to score seven goals against a Panthers team that just wasn’t ready to play.
From the opening faceoff throughout you could see that Washington was the superior team and that Florida never really had a chance. Six different players scored for Washington with Brooks Laich scoring two goals and Nicklas Backstrom, Eric Fehr, Brendan Morrison, Jason Chimera, and Alexander Semin getting the others.
This was the fourth game that Ovechkin missed this season against Florida, as previously he missed one serving a suspension, and he also missed a home and home matchup with an upper body injury. Doesn’t matter, Washington didn’t need him last night. When the score was 5-1, Florida replace goaltender Tomas Vokoun for backup
Scott Clemmensen who surrendered two more goals.
Florida received scoring from Steven Reinprecht, Kamil Kreps and a late third period goal from Michal Repik. Not scoring again for the Panthers was Rostislav Olesz who’s streak now goes to 18 games. Stephen Weiss who has scored only ONE even strength goal since Nathan Horton has been out with a broken leg only played eleven minutes and had a costly turnover which resulted in a goal. Didn’t see the play, but was probably the result of lazyness.
This was not the performance that people were expecting from the Panthers as they pretty much layed down and committed way too many mistakes. I missed the second period, but actually had seen enough of the first to know that a comeback was not in the cards. Watching most of the third didn’t make me feel any better.
The Panthers have now dropped to thirteenth in the East and are eight points behind Boston who won last night over Carolina. Am I upset at this? No. Remember I set my sights on not making the playoffs and refuse to get on the bandwagon and believe that there is a chance. This was a game that needed to be won and wasn’t.
Explain to me how a team can go out on the road, and the west coast for that matter and come from behind and win a game against one of the best teams in the NHL and then come home and have a complete implosion three days later?
I keep telling you change the culture, but they aren’t listening!
Thanks for reading.