The Panthers took another step down the road to 30th place last night in a two to one loss to the Ottawa Senators. Even though the coaches and staff won’t acknowledge it at this point in the season the team is playing for a better draft position not to get two points. Unfortunately, watching two teams try to lose is about as exciting a watching paint dry as the two teams battled for ambiguity.
Pete DeBoer said: “It was a bad hockey game both ways, the goalies were the bright spots on the ice for both teams. We looked like we could play for weeks and not score a goal at some points…we’ve loaded up some guys with minutes. I’m not making excuses, but I thought our tanks were a little empty tonight…your not going to win many games if you can’t score.”
Francis Lessard was ejected for charging Scott Timmins… Lessard, then declined to fight Darcy Hordichuk even though Darcy wanted a piece of him…
Hordichuk said “It’s my role that if guys are going to run around and take cheap shots like that they need to be ready to drop the gloves. It’s just a matter of him not coming back out to face it…it was a late hit, a little bit of a dirty hit…”
The hit put the Senators down a man as the Panthers went on a five minute power play.
Timmins left the game with DeBoer saying the will look at him further tomorrow for signs of concussion…
Vokoun said “We had out chance with the five minute power play.. games like this are usually decided by one play, it’s tough to win with one goal, we had our chances, but just didn’t bury them… we need to be hungrier around the net…we weren’t able to generate momentum and that decided the game.”
Though the Cats losing this one is good for the future of the team I’m sure it never feels good to lose…especially in a game as un monumental as last nights…coming of such a statement win against Chicago it’s tough but such is the nature of sports…Saturday night they face Steven Stamkos and the Lightning hopefully they can give the fans a little more intensity…
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