One Step Up, Two Steps Back, Panthers Continue Bad Habits.

Eric Staal. Example Of A Number One Center

Today’s music video is One Step Up by Bruce Springsteen, as the Florida Panthers continue their old ways and bad habits.

Very difficult for me to post about a game that I really didn’t see much of and from what I did see appeared to be a boring as all hell.  With one eye a T.V. and the other on my food, I can’t say that last night’s performance wasn’t to be expected.  A big home win where the Florida Panthers again took more than 50 shots, followed up by a clunker performance is not at all surprising.

The first two periods the Cats were only able to muster nine shots on goal in a truly jet-lagging performance.  The 11 in the final 20 is typical of their jekyl and hyde behavior.  Not surprising as well was a last minute goal by Michael Frolik which most likely gave many of you hope that the game could be tied up in the waning seconds.  Sorry, but it didn’t happen.

Little Stevie followed up his “breakout” game on Friday night with a lackluster 20 minutes of ice time in which he generated a grand total of ZERO shots.  Once again proving that the A is for asshat.  Darcy Horidchuk scored his fist of the year and was rewarded with less than four minutes of ice time for his troubles.  That can’t continue.  I have said it before, we don’t have the firepower to dress a player and not play him regularly, or at least for 10 minutes.

As always there’s controversial calls in any game that we play against the Divercanes. Remember that?  I was at that game and laughed my arse off, but Eddie was 100% correct, and the syndrome continues as displayed by some of the calls that have occured in this home and home series.

Eric Staal a Panther killer scored twice for Carolina as they played with more desperation, won more battles, and fixed some of the things that weren’t working Friday night.  Exact words, or close enough, take from Pete The Boer’s press conference comments.  So 12 games into the season, we are already starting to get tired of the “cliches”.

Here’s the TSN recap.

Currently we sit tied for 12th with two other teams and have a total of 10 points to show for our hard work and effort.  It would have put some much needed confidence in the tank had the Panthers come out and continued Friday’s barrage and swept the weekend series.  But as luck would have it Carolina has won 25 of 32 home games against the Panthers since 1999.

A string of two or three in a row is desperately needed here and until that can happen, we will operate like a see-saw for the year.

When a team comes out so lethargically like this, it’s firmly on the coach.  You aren’t doing enough to get the troops ready, and your leaders aren’t leading.

What’s the old mafia phrase:  “The Fish Stinks From The Head”.

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Topics: Carolina Hurricanes, Eric Staal, Florida Panthers, Little Stevie, Michael Frolik, One Step Up

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