Last Tuesday night, the Florida Panthers fought off a furious rally against the Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks 3-2. This Tuesday, the Cats played last season’s runner up in the Philadelphia Flyers, but this time, found themselves on the wrong end of that score. The Flyers used a two goal second period from Jeff Carter to turn a 2-1 deficit into a lead that would stand.
Carter’s first goal (see photo above) just barely found its way past Tomas Vokoun. His second, and the game winner, was a beautiful finish on a breakaway pass from Danny Briere that stemmed from a defensive breakdown off a Panthers offensive zone faceoff. After the game, Marty Reasoner said:
“It just seems like the same kind of things. It’s these little mistakes that are coming back to bite us. We play hard for the majority of the game and a couple of mistakes here and there, some back luck and they capitalize. That’s what good teams do. That’s the difference in this league. Good teams capitalize on those breakdowns”
Midway through the third, the Panthers had a golden opportunity to tie the game when James van Riemsdyk went to the box with a double minor penalty for hitting Reasoner with a high stick. Less than a minute into the power play, Dmitry Kulikov (who scored the Panthers second goal) gave back two of those minutes with a hooking call. Coach Pete DeBoer wasn’t in the mood to pin blame on any one person:
“These guys are young guys. They’re making some mistakes. And unfortunately, in our situation, a few mistakes cost us games. We don’t have the luxury of playing mistake free and it’s not realistic that we’re going to.”
The Flyers seized the momentum from the Panthers in the second period after a Mike Duco-Dan Carcillo tilt early in the frame . It was exactly what the visitors needed as the Panthers were riding high with a late first period goal from Kulikov. A minute later, Carter tied it, and Philly never looked back.
The Cats are back in action Thursday at the Bank Atlantic Center as they host the Toronto Maple Leafs, who are hanging on for their playoff lives.
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