Different night, but same result: The Panthers sputtering offense can only muster up one goal as Florida falls 4-1 to the Hurricanes in Raleigh, NC.
This team should feel embarrassed. In all my years of being a Panther fan I don't think I've ever been as disappointed in this team as I am right now. This season was supposed to be different. Last years losing end of a tie-breaker to the Canadiens for the final playoff spot doesn't feel this bad. Last nights 4-1 loss to the Hurricanes is the lowest point of this season (even the David Booth incident in Philadelphia in October).
How does a team go on an offensive lapse like this? 12 goals in 10 games. In our past 5 games, 3 of the 6 goals we've scored have come from defensemen. Where, oh where are the forwards?? Most offensive chances last night were generated by the top line of Booth-Weiss-Stillman (Stillman with the lone tally for the Cats) and besides some spirited play by Shawn Matthias that was all she wrote. I understand that Nathan Horton is out of the lineup, but with a roster built around team play, where is the second and third tier scoring??
Minus our goaltending this team is playing terrible hockey. Carolina, on the other hand, is a team heading in the opposite direction. Matt Cullen was everywhere last night for the Hurricanes, scoring a goal and picking up two assists while Joni Pitkanen, Jussi Jokinen and Tuomo Ruutu picked up the rest of the offense for the Hurricanes. Ruutu scored an empty net goal his first game back after missing the last 15 games due to injury. Jokinen scored his 21st goal of the season.
No single Panther has over 20 goals. Think about that.
Last night Gregory Campbell and Tim Gleason squared off in the first period while Bryan Allen and Steven Goertzen did as well later in the same period. The Allen-Goertzen rumble was the better of the two, especially when Allen ripped off Goertzen'z helmet to get better head shots.
THAT GUY IN A LITTLE JERSEY:
New York Jets coach Rex Ryan took the event in last night wearing a Philadelphia Flyers jersey. He was later coerced into trading in his Flyers sweater for a Hurricanes sweater by two half dressed Carolina Dancers. No reports at this time whether he spilled any food on it.
QUOTE OF THE GAME:
“It was [expletive] brutal. We have too many guys who don’t compete. You can’t win in this game unless you’re ready to show up and go to war every night. We don’t have enough of them. This is not type of team we want. We’re going to keep making changes until we get that. It takes time. It’s like turning around the Titanic and not a rowboat.’’
- Panthers GM Randy Sexton
The Panthers try to regroup on home ice against The Vancouver Cannucks and former all-star goalie Roberto Luongo, Thursday night. Puck drops 7:30 PM.
IN CASE YOU DIDN'T KNOW:
After his Squeeze days, Paul Carrack was “tempted” to make some pretty sweet tunes of his own.
About the Author
Written by Jack Powell
My name is Jack Powell. I'm 26 and work for a civil contracting company in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. I've been a Panther fan since the team was formed in 1993 and don't ever plan on not being one. Looking forward to see what new Panther GM Dale Tallon is going to do to rebuild this franchise and make us a Cup contender!!