All though they dropped a heartbreaking game to the Washington Capitals, the Florida Panthers can still take some good out of that game. Despite sporting a historically bad power play all season – for once, it looked far from that.
The difference with the man advantage? 2009-second round draft pick Drew Shore helped energize the team’s lacking power play, scoring his fifth goal of the season. Shore was a two-time 20-goal scorer at college, but hasn’t quite found his touch here at the pro level.
But since scoring two goals against the Pittsburgh Penguins on January 20, Shore has gone on a goal scoring tear through the AHL and NHL level. In the seven NHL games Shore has scored four goals – including the two goal performance and his goal last night.
With the San Antonio Rampage, from February 5-February 17 he scored five goals in a six game span. That is nine goals in a 13-game span.
For a team that has struggled to score goals, especially with a man advantage – Florida has to ride the hot hand and right now that looks to be Shore. Even though they still only converted one-of-six opportunities, they still fired 11-shots on net, with the man-advantage run smoother with Shore on the ice – who ended up with over four minutes of power play time.
The Panthers have yet to score 20-power play goals, sitting at 18 goals with a man up. Alexander Ovechkin, who scored the game winning goal last night, has 15 this season on his own. Not that we need another reminder on how bad the power play has been, we have been a witness to that all season.
But if Shore can continue with confident play, and more importantly – get pucks to the net with a man up maybe they can end the season on a high note.
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