Panthers Fall to the DiveTeam (Hurricanes)

The Florida Panthers are number one in the league!

In blowing first periods leads it would seem as the Panthers dropped yet another game where they had a two goal lead in the first period only to allow 4 unanswered goals and lose to the Canes 5-3.

The Panthers seemed to be doing pretty well as they started off with a quick goal from Booth and Peters backing up for Cam Ward looked shaky on the first couple of shots. However Panthers fans weren’t set to rest with a two goal lead at the end of the first…and rightfully so. When the Hurricanes came out the next period they came out with passion, Peters got his confidence back…and they blew over the Cats easily to tie up and eventually win the game.

I can’t totally fault Vokoun with the loss. Particularly one goal kind of pop flied over his head he couldn’t see it as it came  behind him into the next. That was Jeffery Skinner recent draft pick for the DiveTeam and the 1st star of the evening  getting lucky on a strange bounce. Unfortunately the Panthers didn’t get any such bounces as they lost their second straight game at home.

“I think fatigue set in,” said Pete DeBoer. “We started to make some mental errors, took a couple offensive zone penalties and the momentum shifted.”

Steve Bernier was called for holding when Tim Gleason hit ice after being slightly touched. The Panthers were clearly upset at the dive but the ref’s called it. This always seems to be a pattern with the Hurricanes.

Now the Panthers will travel to Washington to take on a well rested Caps teams waiting to avenge a 3-0 shutout earlier this season. Hopefully they will come back with a win as they face the Capitals again on Tuesday at the Bank Atlantic Center.

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I talked to Scott Clemmensen after the game and asked him about the goal that was not called for the Panthers two nights ago he said. “Usually when the puck goes in everyone sees it…obviously the goalies not going to run to the ref and say it’s in it’s in! But we’ve got video replay and I don’t know why we don’t just use it if there is any questions…we’ve heard apologies from the league before in Toronto and I’ve had it in my career and it’s doesn’t really help much , but it’s a fast moving game, it’s a game of inches and the refs are human they are trying to do their job… (the refs) are the best in the world…”

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