Panthers fall to the Mark Recchi show and the Boston Bruins, leave February behind with 0 wins and only 1 point to show for it.
“I don't think losing a game…you can take any positives out of it,” said Stephen Weiss.
That about sums it up. Regardless of the fact that Panthers finally found a way to get a point in the standings, moral victory aside, a loss is a loss. 6 straight to be exact. What happens now? What kind of team is going to be iced come return from Olympic play? Who besides me is EXTREMELY happy that Tomas Vokoun will more than likely get a win in February (watch for the Czechs to be the darkhourse)?
This team has moments of brilliance, point in case Weiss' coast to coast goal, making Zdeno Chara look significantly less than Norris Trophy worthy. The bangers on this team created an early goal, with Nick Tarnasky getting a beautiful feed from Victor Oreskovich from behind the net (Shawn Matthias finally gets rewarded for his solid play of late with the second assist on the goal), which is what the third and fourth liners should be doing every couple games.
Boston Bruins', ageless forward, Mark Recchi did everything right. Recchi scored a goal off a deflection from a Dennis Wideman shot just after their power play had expired (these things happen when you have a chance to clear the puck and don't). Recchi also beat Vokoun for the game winner in the 8th round of the shoot out.
And the beat goes on. The losses keep piling up. The Panthers stand at 24-27-10 heading into the Olympic break, 3 games under .500 (who are we kidding? the shoot out and overtime losses are still losses so in reality we can go ahead and say 13 games under). Coach Pete DeBoer remains publically optomistic, but you have to wonder what he really thinks his chances are of making the playoffs, behind closed doors. Nathan Horton will be back after the Olympic break, his play on the ice will go a lond way to determing just that.
What changes is Randy Sexton going to make to improve this team? Frankly, I'm tired of watching losing hockey and my continued allegiance to the pariah of NHL teams. A decade, folks. Still waiting to attend my first playoff hockey game. And as a true (or completely insane) fan, my first one will be with this team.
I'M STILL STANDING (YEAH, YEAH, YEAH):
Current NHL standings heading into the Olympics
Tomas Vokoun looks to lead the Czechs to an opening round win against Slovakia on February 17th.
IN CASE YOU DIDN'T KNOW:
Yes, the orabrush does work.
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!!