Soft Defence & Georgie Parros Victimize Panthers

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The Panthers soft defence as described by Pete was exactly that all night long.  Soft.  Late to the puck, not winning battles in the corners, lack of physicality against a team that plays physical, and lots of giveaways.  All these ingredients equal a recipe for disaster.  Even Gord Murphy who was interviewed before the start of the third period was critical of his defence, and rightly so.

There was some good news last night as the power play finally got off the schnied with two goals by forward Steve Bernier, who was appearing in his first game since the stick in the face from Minnesota’s Brent Burns, which caused a fractured orbital bone.  Bernier who was wearing a full cage due to facial surgery, not because he lost a tooth, was a welcome sight as he stationed himself in front of the net and deflected a soft shot by Little Stevie from the top of the faceoff circle, which cut the lead to 3-2.  It was the first power-play goal in 37 tries and only the sixth of the season.  Bernier’s second goal on the power-play came with 1:07 left .   Bobby Ryan sealed the victory with an empty netter giving the Ducks the 5-3 victory

Mike Santorelli picked up his seventh goal for the Panthers as he continued his solid play.  David Booth who is still being double shifted, had only one shot on goal while playing over 22 minutes.  I’m tellin’ ya Pete, give the kid a break.  You”re making it worse the more time you give him right now.

The fourth line which on most teams is supposed to provide energy provided nothing and finished a combined -7 for the night with Michal Repik a -3.  The Little Stevie point projection now stands at 40.

Going to California early seemed like a great idea at first.  Giving the players some extra time to find their legs.  Not sure it worked as I’m guessing they might have been trying to find some “other” legs if you know what I mean.

It doesn’t get any easier as the Panthers take on the Los Angeles Kings in L.A. tonight.

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  • HANK

    FRANK, THAT’S WHAT GOUGH GUYS NOW HAVE TO DO, BE ABLE TO ALSO PLAY AND NOT JUST FIGHT. OUR GUY GETS 2 MINS ICE TIME WHEN HE DOES GET INTO THE LINE UP. GOTTA BLAME DEBOER ON THAT ONE. IF HE WANTS SOME TOUGHNESS LET DARCY PLAY SOME. ALSO HOW THE HELL DOES HE HAVE REPIK ON THE 4TH LINE?????? BLOWS MY MIND. GIVE THIS KID A CHANCE ALREADY. CAN’T BE NO WORSE THAN BOOTH RIGHT NOW

  • Frank Rekas

    Hank: I’ve been screaming the same things exactly. Darcy is the first enforcer type that we’ve had in awhile that has some talent, and isn’t a total liability. Tarnasky was ok, but as we know Deboer as well as Martin before him don’t give these guys much ice time. When Darcy fought in the last home game I went to early in the first, I think he had only two more shifts the whole game. We are not that good to waste that roster spot.

    As for Repik, the Panthers are doing the same thing to him that they did to Anthony Stewart. Wasting him. Stewie now is a decent 2nd liner with Atlanta. Repik is not, repeat not a fourth line guy. You and I both know that you don’t get any scoring chances that way. These decisions by Pete the Bore are the one’s that make me think he belongs back in juniors, as he can’t judge NHL talent.