What a night in Sunrise as the Panthers battled to comeback against the Red Wings only tofall short in the 3rd period. The Panthers started out looking tired and unmotivated but fought back and went toe to toe with one of the best teams in the west.
Todd Bertuzzi had two goals, including the tiebreaker with 7:32 remaining, to lift the Detroit Red Wings to their fourth consecutive victory on Friday night…Big Bert who spent 7 games with the Panthers before being traded to Detroit for Shawn Matthies scored more goals at the BAC then he did as a Panther.
“They’re a good team, we gave them a couple of chances early and they stuck them in the net,” Florida coach Pete DeBoer said. “You know what you’re dealing with. I credit our guys for coming back and battling for 60 minutes. We needed a save or a goal at the end, but we didn’t get one.”
“You can’t…give them those opportunities,” Florida defenseman Bryan Allen said. “You’ve got to give guys credit for coming back and giving a good effort, but at the same time it’s frustrating that we’re not getting the results and the wins and more points… It was a tough one.”
“We’re knocking on the door and it’s easy to be frustrated with the one goal losses,” said Jack Skille
In their recent home stand Florida lost four of the five games and is now nine points out of a playoff spot in the East. Now would be the time that Dale Tallon must be looking for trades to make his team better for the future… with virtually no playoff hope after falling another two points behind in the playoff race. After seeing the Erik Johnson trade and other major moves in the NHL Panther fans are left wondering when are we going to see the “blueprint” start to activate…
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