Normally when you hear your team fired 55 shots at the opposing netminder, your first question would probably be, “How much did we win by?” Well, your favorite team probably isn’t the Florida Panthers. Because Wednesday at the Bank Atlantic Center, the Cats did get 55 shots on goal and managed to drop a 4-3 decision to the Atlanta Thrashers.
Niclas Bergfors potted the game winner midway through the third, 1:11 after Dustin Byfuglien tied the game at three. Defensemen Jason Garrison, Bryan Allen scored their first goals of the season for Florida, while Steven Reinprecht added his second.
-55 shots. That ties a franchise record but they only managed to get three past Atlanta netminder Chris Mason. Mason was very shaky early as he appeared to be fighting the puck most of the first period. The Panthers couldn’t take advantage and it came back to bite them in this game.
-Florida’s defensemen got offensive as they scored two goals, and three assists.
-Once again, the Panthers allowed their opponent to score late in the period. This time, Fredrik Modin buried a cross ice feed from Byfuglien with 5.6 seconds left in the first, killing any momentum the Cats would have taken to the locker room.
– From the broken record department, another TERRIBLE night from Stephen Weiss. In Florida’s ten games, he hasn’t had a remotely solid game, yet somehow Pete DeBoer puts him out there for 19:01 of ice time! Weiss responded by not responding. I ask again, can someone tell me why he still has the A on his sweater? And don’t give me his ‘injuries’ as an excuse, not when he’s been dreadful at best when he’s been healthy. Besides, he got a tooth knocked out? Ask Duncan Keith about that, then call me! At this point, I don’t even know what you do with him. Michael Frolik was not much better, but he at least managed a secondary assist on Allen’s tally.
-Tomas Vokoun, who has been stellar most of the season, let in a couple of soft goal when the Panthers were nursing leads. The second and third goals stand out as being ones that Vokoun could have kept out.
-Midway through the third, the Panthers were sitting on a one goal lead and about to go on the power play. With a chance to salt away the game, the PP failed. Three minutes after the man advantage had expires, The Thrashers took the lead they wouldn’t relinquish. The team missed many opportunities, but that one stands out as the biggest.
For that Atlanta side, check out Fansided’s Thrasher site, Thrasherbacker
Next up, the Panthers play their first back-to-back games with a home-and-home series against the Carolina Hurricanes, beginning on Friday.
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