Last night the Florida Panthers snapped their nine game losing streak beating the Anaheim Ducks who came into the game with the most points in the NHL. Few expected the Panthers to even have a chance in this game but like Scottie Upshall said afterwards, “good teams don’t lose ten in a row”.
The importance of last night’s win cannot be overstated. I do not want to get too crazy but the win over Anaheim has potential to be a season saving performance. All the things that need to happen in order for the Panthers to be successful happened last night. Tim Thomas made some unbelievable saves, the Panthers young players left their mark on the game, everybody played hard defensively, Brian Campbell was a factor on offense and the Panthers got contributions from guys like Shawn Matthias and Scottie Upshall.
Speaking of Scottie Upshall, has he turned things around or what. With a goal and an assist last night, he now has six points (3-3-6) in his last seven games. Even when he is not scoring he is skating hard and being a general pest.
The Panthers will now go into their road trip with a little bit of confidence. They’ll need it as the five game trip includes games against Minnesota, Colorado and Vancouver.
Here is the latest from Camelot:
- Here is the recap of last night’s game from Harvey Fialkov and the Sun-Sentinel.
- Whenever the Panthers play well against a tough opponent, I always like to see what the other side has to say. Here is the reaction from our FanSided cousins over at Pucks Of A Feather. I would take offense to the Panthers being referred to as woeful if their season wasn’t actually so filled with woe.
- In other hockey news, the Chrome Logos for the NHL Stadium Series teams were revealed yesterday. I’m kind of a fan although I am not quite sure what their purpose is.
- The NHL GM Meetings are in progress and one of the hot topics is potentially lengthening OT periods to cut back on shootouts. Some proposals included a 10 minute 4-on-4 period while others involved going 4-on-4 for a few minutes then 3-on-3 to encourage scoring. Also discussed at the meetings: goalie fights, hybrid icing, and bullying.