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A “Meltdown” In St. Louis

from Tom Timmermann of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

Just when you think the Blues, and goalie Jake Allen, have turned a corner, there’s a brick wall waiting for them, with an open manhole right in front of it. If it’s not one thing, it’s another.

Allen, who came into Tuesday night’s game with a 1-7 record in his past eight starts but in general feeling pretty well about how he has played, was given a 2-0 lead in the first period but got pulled in the second period when Florida opened up a 5-3 lead with two goals in 42 seconds (and three in just over four minutes). A 7-4 loss to the Panthers sent the Blues into their off week with a loss that stings.

It was a collective meltdown on the part of the Blues, who spent too much time watching and not enough time skating, and it’s not something that started with this game. The Blues have allowed 17 goals in their past three games, the worst three-game run this season, and a number that is not going to generate many wins.

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Aleksander Barkov Hidden In South Florida

from Michael Traikos of the National Post,

The irony is not lost on Bob Boughner.

While talking about what’s different about Aleksander Barkov’s play this year, the Florida Panthers head coach immediately mentioned the 22-year-old’s ice time. Barkov, who is averaging three more minutes per game than he was last year, has been on the ice more than any other forward in the National Hockey League so far this season.

The added exposure hasn’t exactly increased Barkov’s popularity, though.

With 37 points in 40 games heading into Tuesday night’s game in St. Louis, the Panthers centre is on pace for a career year. Aside from leading all forwards in ice time (22:31), he has also scored more short-handed goals (4) and has a plus-3 rating for a team that has a goal differential of minus-19.

And yet, outside of Florida, he might be the least known of the NHL’s top 35 scorers. Even inside the Sunshine State, where Barkov has spent the past five years, he gets far less recognition than Nikita Kucherov, Steven Stamkos and pretty much anyone else on the Tampa Bay Lightning roster.

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No Explanation For The Latest Loss By The Montreal Canadiens

from Stu Cowan of the Montreal Gazette,

Not surprisingly, Max Pacioretty was swarmed by the media when the Canadiens’ locker room opened up after Saturday night’s 2-0 loss to the Florida Panthers.

Pacioretty had just completed an entire month without scoring a single goal. The captain’s last goal came on Nov. 30 in a 6-3 win over the Detroit Red Wings. In the 12 games since then, his hat-trick has been zip, nada, zilch.

While Pacioretty was staring into the bright TV lights and trying yet again to come up with words to explain his scoring futility — he has one goal in the last 21 games — defenceman Jordie Benn was sitting alone in his stall, a man who appeared lost in thought and his beard.

“There’s no words to explain it,” Benn said about the Canadiens’ four-game losing streak — during which they have scored only three goals — while Pacioretty kept talking a few feet away. “I don’t know … that’s all I got. I got no idea.”

“I think everybody in here’s pretty pissed off at this point,” Benn added. “If you weren’t pissed off before, there’s something wrong with you. Obviously, any athlete in any league hates losing. Obviously, we want to win for our fans and win for our team and it’s an honour to put this jersey on. We’re sick of it now.”

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Another Blown Game For The Minnesota Wild

from Sarah McLellan of the Star Tribune,

A wave of pressure that included traffic at the net — and a few collisions around it — culminated in a three-goal third-period comeback by the Panthers that sunk the Wild 4-2 Friday in front of 13,259 at BB&T Center, with one game to go before the Wild’s three-day holiday break.

“We knew we were going to have to box out, but we gave the puck away and that’s how they scored,” coach Bruce Boudreau said.

It was the ninth time this season the Wild hasn’t secured a win despite being ahead or tied in the third period, a surprising trend for a team that skated onto the ice in the final frame last season like an ace closer trotting to the mound in baseball.

This issue has led to 15 missed points, with the latest two coming after the team was up 2-1.

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Video- Rick Tocchet Disappointed In His Team

The Coyotes gave up 2 goals in the 3rd period and lost 3-2 to the Florida Panthers.

Here is Rick Tocchet post-game.

 

 

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Roberto Luongo Out For Weeks With Lower-Body Injury

from Bill Price of NHL.com,

Florida Panthers goalie Roberto Luongo will be out for an "extended period" with a lower-body injury, coach Bob Boughner said Wednesday.

Luongo was injured Monday against the New York Islanders when he made a pad save with his right leg on a slap shot by Ryan Pulock at 2:31 of the second period. Luongo immediately lay on his stomach and then didn't put any weight on his right leg while being helped off by two trainers.

Luongo left with the score tied 1-1 after making 12 saves. James Reimer made 16 saves in relief in a 5-4 shootout loss.

Boughner said he's not sure if Luongo will miss three, four or five weeks. He also said the injury was not related to a previous hip problem.

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Video- Roberto Luongo Suffers A Lower-Body Injury

Needed help to get off the ice.

 

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Afternoon Line- Dale Tallon

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Video- You Make The Call San Jose/Florida

from Paul Gackle of the Mercury News,

“The puck’s in the blue paint, and I guess from now on, you have to say, Mr. Goalie, go ahead and freeze it, or else it will be disallowed,” Vlasic said. “The puck’s right there. You jam the puck. It hits his pad. But, of course, he can’t make the play because I put it in before he could freeze it.

“I don’t know what the rules are anymore.”

During a TV timeout, Vlasic could be seen talking emphatically with referee Tom Kowal at the Sharks blue line.

What explanation did the Sharks defenseman receive?

“You can’t push the puck into his pad and into the net,” Vlasic said. “So you have to let the goalie freeze it. From now on, anything in the blue paint should be disallowed.”

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Dale Tallon Is Trusting The Process With The Florida Panthers

from Matthew DeFranks of the SunSentinel,

The Panthers head into Friday night’s game against Buffalo with a 4-8-2 record, accumulating 10 points in 14 games and putting them on pace for a 59-point season. Florida’s defense has allowed 4.14 goals per game and a NHL-worst 38.1 shots on goal per game. The Panthers have more points than just one other NHL team (Arizona) and none in the Eastern Conference.

But Tallon looks at the disappointing start with optimism, confident that the Panthers have what they need in the dressing room to turn the season around.

“A couple bounces here, a couple shots here, a couple games there, we turn it around,” Tallon said. “We’re confident we can continue to compete. I just want our players to believe in the process.”

At times, the Panthers have resembled the division championship unit from two years ago, beating Tampa Bay and St. Louis and Washington. Other times, the Panthers have looked like the listless teams that once inhabited the division cellar, losing embarrassingly to Tampa Bay and Columbus.

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