Coming off a disastrous 4-3 loss to the hands of the Carolina Hurricanes on Wednesday night where the Florida Panthers chased goaltender Cam Ward in the first period, the Cats performed the same surgery against the Buffalo Sabres. However instead of performing like Dr. Assman (please watch), the Panthers not only chased Buffalo goaltender Ryan Miller, they refused to let the Sabres back into the game.
With Marty Reasoner getting two goals in the first period and the Panthers scoring in all situations, even strength, power play, and short handed, Buffalo was down 4-0 after the first. With a new set of people that ended up joining me at the game, I may need to make these same arrangements for the net time I go. Why change up? There may be a good luck charm in this group. The first period also saw goals from Bryan McCabe and David Booth, whose goal was on the power play.
Florida seemed to be all over the Sabres early in the first setting the tone for the game, and seemingly not having any ill effects of the Wednesday night fiasco. Playing strong for 60 minutes was the recipe for tonight and with the exception of the last 30 seconds or so in the second period, this was a pretty complete game. Comments from Little Stevie:
“We have to learn from our mistakes,” Weiss said. “In this league, you can’t worry about the score. You just have to stick with the plan and do what you do for 60 minutes then see where you are at. You start looking ahead and you get in trouble.
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