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Anyone recall seeing a save in this fashion?
from George Richards of On Frozen Pond,
With a four goal lead and Roberto Luongo in net, Florida finally got to enjoy a blowout of its own design and snapped a three-game winless streak with a 4-1 rout of visiting San Jose at BB&T Center.
"I think we really stuck to our game plan and we were ready to go right from the start,'' said Jimmy Hayes, who gave Florida a 1-0 lead midway through the first.
"We continued playing throughout the game. We got the quick start and kept the pressure on them. And Luongo was played like he does. He keeps us in every game. ''
from Working The Corners,
Sharks coach Todd McLellan listed several things that went wrong Tuesday in the third game of the seven-game trip.
“We didn’t execute at all. We didn’t put two passes together. So, any time we did win battles for the puck and have an opportunity to get up ice, maybe made the first one, but we sure didn’t make the second one,” McLellan said.
“Didn’t have the puck a lot. Our defensive zone coverage, our awareness, obviously on the first couple of goals hurt us a lot. We just never established any type of energy in the game, any type of consistent attack. We spent more time defending, and a lot of it was our own doing because we didn’t manage the puck well.”
Below, watch Willie Mitchell post-games after the Panthers 6-4 loss to the Flames today.
from Louis Jean of TVA Sports,
They have the fourth best defense in the National Hockey League behind Chicago, St. Louis and Anaheim. They also equip the fifth best record 5 against 5 ... Only Nashville, Minnesota, Pittsburgh and St. Louis have done better. Who is he?
If you guessed the Florida Panthers hat!
In just 10 games, one of the worst teams in the league last year has greatly improved. Is it a coincidence that it coincides with the arrival of head coach Gerard Gallant?
"It will be a long season," said Gallant laughing on the phone, in Philadelphia, in an interview with TVA Sports.
from Craig Davis of the Sun-Sentinel,
As for expectations in the evening for his first game as a visitor at TD Garden, the veteran toughie said he has no plans to drop the gloves against his former team, though he didn't rule it out.
"I never go into a game thinking about it. I haven't for a long time," said Thornton, a veteran of 125 NHL regular-season fights since entering the league in 2002, according to HockeyFights.com. "They're pretty banged up, I think a lot of their toughness is actually out of their lineup.
"But you never know. I'd beat up my own sister if it got us two points. So it really doesn't matter to me."
Thornton is one of those players that fans embrace when he's on the home team but single out for loathing as an opponent. Thus, Tuesday will be a unique experience for him cast as a villain in Boston.
via the NHL...
Arley Londono with the call of Scottie Upshall's game winning goal as part of Hispanic Heritage Night at the Florida Panthers vs. Arizona Coyotes game...
Dale Tallon was on Florida radio this morning with Steve Goldstein
via tweets from Goldstein...
Dale Tallon on #FlaPanthers offense,"I'd be worried if we weren't getting chances but we are. We know we need to get that top goal scorer."
Tallon, "We are committed, we are going to be a good team for a long time to come. As we improve we will get more people in the building."
from George Richards of On Frozen Pond,
The Panthers were counting on substantial production from four players who likely would financially benefit from putting up big stats.
Through the first six games, only one of Florida's pending free agents has done so.
Sean Bergenheim is tied for the team lead with two goals. Scottie Upshall has just one assist while Tomas Kopecky and Tomas Fleischmann have yet to register a point.
All four signed four-year deals with the Panthers in 2011 that expire after this season.
"There is no concern from me because I think they are playing well,'' coach Gerard Gallant said. "To me, it doesn't matter who scores the goals but what's important is who competes and plays hard every night. These guys are working hard. I know they want to score goals but when you win, that takes care of everything else.''
No doubt, the refs have been told to make the calls.
Check this one on Nick Bjugstad...
Below, an incidental interference call on Justin Abdelkader...
from Michael Russo of the Star Tribune,
Back in the good, old days of the Florida Panthers — when they were only six years removed from going to the Stanley Cup Finals and trying to kiss up to fans after trading superstar Pavel Bure — the Panthers tried mightily to put butts in the seats.
If you were a cop or fireman or any kind of first responder, freebie. If you had a military ID, freebie. If you showed up at the box office with a driver’s license from, say, Plantation or Boca Raton on a certain promo day … freebie.
Head to a car dealership, tickets would sit on the front counter. Have lunch near the Panthers’ palace of an arena, four free tickets might come with your meal. Go shopping at Sawgrass Mills, you’d surely run into a Panthers account rep with a stack of tickets.
This may be stunning to hear, but it didn’t take long for season-ticket holders to become a wee bit incensed with the Panthers’ practice of flooding the marketplace with freebies and deeply discounted tickets. Imagine spending $2,500 for lower-bowl seats right next to a family of four every night who didn’t pay a penny.
continued plus more NHL talk in Russo's NHL Insider column...
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