For whatever reason, the Florida Panthers always seem to play close games against the more talented Pittsburgh Penquins. Sadly for the Panthers, they always seem to end up on the short end of the score. Monday at the Bank Atlantic Center was more of the same as Chris Conner scored with just over seven minutes to play to give the Pens a 3-2 win.
You can trace this loss right back to the Florida special teams. The Cats normally reliable penalty kill unit allowed two power play goals in the first period. The Panthers rallied behind a late first period goal from Cory Stillman and a Bryan McCabe equalizer early in the second. The teams traded scoring chances (and hit posts) until Conner netted the game winner. The Panthers dismal PP unit once again failed the team, going 0-for-5 on the night, including one with less than five minutes remaining the game. The Panthers PP unit is now 0-for-25 since scoring twice on 11/10 against Toronto.
If there is anything encouraging to take away from this game is that the Panthers battled back after going down by two goals against a quality opponent. But at some point, they have to come back and WIN, or at the very least take it to OT (which they have not done at all this season). and get a point. But good teams find a way to win these games and it’s just another example that, despite how hard it works, this team just isn’t ready to join those ranks.
For the Pens reaction, check out Pens Labyrinth.
Florida’s Thanksgiving Feast continues Wednesday as Nathan Horton returns for the first time as a Boston Bruins. Sadly, he’ll be bringing Jackass Edwards and the NESN crew with him. In a homestand that has started with no points, Wednesday’s game looms large.
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