This is how a 7-1 loss at home to cap off a four game losing streak feels:
The Panthers dismal play continued last night against the Philadelphia Flyers. Florida’s goaltenders had an off night and it showed on the scoreboard. The Panthers actually outshot the Flyers 31-26. The difference was, Philadelphia goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov stopped 30 of the shots he faced while Jose Theodore stopped 6 out of 9 before being pulled in favor of Scott Clemmensen who stopped 13 of 17.
Matt Read led the scoring for Philly tallying his first career hat trick while Peter Mueller scored the only goal for the Panthers. It was nice to see Mueller get on the scoresheet with his first goal of the season but he put his goal into perspective after the game saying, “It doesn’t feel like I scored after a game like that, it’s tough to take anything positive out of it.” (Source)
While it is still early in the season, losing streaks such as this are ones you look back on in April when your fighting tooth and nail for every point trying to qualify for the playoffs. Over the four game skid the Panthers have been outscored 18-3. They currently have the worst goal differential in the NHL at -11.
The good news is, the Panthers have two days off before their next game Tuesday in Tampa Bay. Hopefully the team will hear some positive injury news and maybe we will see the returns of Kris Versteeg, Stephen Weiss, Marcel Goc and Eric Gudbranson. This is a shortened season and with that comes the need for a short term memory. Last week’s four losses are in the past. A win on Tuesday would set the Panthers in the right direction. Another loss and, well.. lets not even talk about that.