I didn’t think it would be good, but I had no idea it would be this bad. Going into this game I figured the Florida Panthers would be overmatched, tired, and unable to sustain any type of pressure against a well rested, and almost fully dressed Boston Bruins lineup. With seven forwards out of the lineup, the Panthers looked very much like the San Antonio Rampage from all the callups that had to be made. An opportunity for some to make a statement with this chance. Unfortunately, it would not be there night.
Jose Theodore started in goal, and before we knew it, it was 1-0 after aabout six minutes as Brad Marchand scored one of his three goals on his way to a five point night. The Bruins would score three more times including two in the final 120 seconds and the disaster was well under way.
Scott Clemmensen came out for the second period, and things didn’t get much better as Boston continued their domination of the game. As I had called it after the fifth goal by former Panther Gregory Campbell (a long shot from inside the blue line), this is what keeping your foot on the gas pedal looks like.
Honestly, at this point, I couldn’t watch anymore. So I didn’t. Already with a massive headache from this flu bug I have, I didn’t feel this game would do anything to relieve the pressure in my forehead. I relied upon the sports updates to my phone. The Panthers who dressed seven defencemen put Erik Gudbranson on the right wing for some shifts and to be quite honest with you, the kid looked pretty damn good. He created some offensive chances, worked in the corners, and almost scored. I think when he’s allowed to “freewheel” a bit, he plays better. That to me would be the lone bright spot for this game.
I’ve nothing left to say about this one. I’ll attach some links if you care to read about what the others in the media thought, but this game needs to be forgotten. Quickly. With the trade freeze there’s nothing that Dale Tallon can do right now until it ends on the 27th. By then we hopefully have a better idea of who’s ready or not ready to come back. With Stephen Weiss remaining doubtful for Tuesday’s game, someone needs to get healthy and fast.
The Panthers are off for the Christmas Holiday until a Monday practice. Here’s a few links recapping the game:
* George Richards calls it right: Visit to Boston was no holiday. Miami Herald.
* Harvey Fialkov recaps the crushing loss. Sun-Sentinel.
Ok, that’s enough. Merry Christmas Eve to everyone!
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