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Interim Tag Still On Andrew Brunette

from Dave Hyde of the Sun-Sentinel,

Asked how he wanted his team to play trailing early that series, he said, “Hopefully mad.”

“Absolutely,’’ he admitted how frustration weighed on his players this Tampa Bay series due to their staggering power-play failure.

“Angry, hungry and not to be denied,” he said Saturday in underlining the mindset for Sunday’s Game 3, a T-shirt-worthy phrase close to Hamilton’s chorus line of, “Young, scrappy and hungry.”

If you, like me, have become a fan of Brunette’s brand of honesty, as well as the pinball Panthers offense in the regular season, it’s time to be just as direct about the possible stakes as they try to climb back into the series Sunday in Tampa.

Brunette is coaching for his job.

There’s no other way to look at how his “interim coach” tag hasn’t been lifted by now. It was Oct. 29 when Joel Quenneville was forced to resign under the gloomiest of situations, the covering up of a sexual-assault scandal a decade earlier in Chicago that took in the Panthers as collateral damage.

That makes Brunette the longest interim coach in the history of sports. Eighty-four games. Nearly seven months. He helped the Panthers to the best record in the regular season and won their first playoff series win in 26 years. Doesn’t that count for something — maybe everything?

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from George Richards of Florida Hockey Now,

The Florida Panthers have been making comebacks all season long. They are desperately in need of another.

Down 2-0 in their series with the Tampa Bay Lightning, the Panthers may just be in their comfort zone.

Even if it really does not feel that way.

“We realize the opportunity in front of us to get it to 2-1 and if we do, then it’s ‘go-time’,” Aaron Ekblad said on Saturday. “We are a resilient group, have been down in games and know how to battle back, how to keep it light and find a way to breathe positivity in that room to give us a chance. …

“You saw New York come back from down 3-1 and that’s even more nerve-wracking so it’s 2-0 and we’re facing adversity. We’re confident we can come out and play a good, strong game. … The fact that we’re resilient is awesome. You love to see it. We’re comfortable because we can be down 2-0 and come into practice today and put our work hats on and go to work.”


Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 05/22/22 at 10:52 AM ET

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