Source: Miami Herald

Daily Pucking Grind. February 2nd

Today’s music selection is Smack Down by Thousand Foot Crutch.  By request.

A very quick review of last nights game between the Florida Panthers and the Toronto Maple Leafs.

The night started out slow, then the pace of the game picked up and at times seemed fast and furious.  The end result however was that despite coming back THREE times, the Florida Panthers ended up losing to the Toronto Maple Leafs 4-3 in a shootout.  A see-saw battle if you must call it that which showed do have the ability to “hang in there”, but also showed that they don’t have enough firepower when needed.  Another one goal loss proved once again what we have come to know.  We need offence, and we need players that can finish.

Sure you might say you’re happy with the effort, and that at least we got a point, but I don’t find myself saying that at all.  Our playoff hopes if there ever really are any, are beginning to fade.  Actually winning in the shootout last night would have given the Panthers three points.  A great way to pick up extra ground.  I don’t know about you but I cringe when we actually leave it up to the shootout.  One of the many reasons why I’m for longer overtime.

Here’s the TSN boxscore from the game.

On the bright side of things David Booth scored an absolutely gorgeous goal during the shootout, and thanks to Donny Rivette at Litter Box Cats for posting the video. Stephen Weiss and Cory Stillman each had a two point night with a goal and an assist each.  And it was the NHL debut of Scott Timmins who played 10 minutes.

Opinions of last night’s game can be found from Harvey Fialkov and George Richards. It doesn’t get any easier as the Cats needed to get out of Toronto quickly last night as a severe winter storm was going through not only the midwest, but the northeast.  A long trip to Montreal it would be for tonight’s game against the Canadiens.

Please check back later today, around noon as I will have a very special pregame for tonight.

Links are after the jump. 

Here’s your Wednesday links:

Elliotte Friedman’s 30 Thoughts.  The Unknown All-Star.  Who could that be?

David Booth says that the NHL is moving in the right direction regarding head shots.

Puck Daddy’s Three Stars for Tuesday.

Could the career of Marc Savard be over?  ESPN Boston.

It’s approaching trade deadline time so the conversation always seems to revolve around Tomas KaberleToronto Sun.

Finally Down Goes Brown has some text messages from Phil Kessel during the All-Star draft.

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