The Panthers fell just short last night in Ottawa, falling 3-2 to the Senators. That seems to be the common theme for this season: you can blame it on injuries, short comings of players on the roster, ineptitude on special teams, what have you, but this season has been one of heightened expectations (those may have been unwarranted) that haven’t been fulfilled. And now star winger David Booth is done for the year after suffering his second concussion in 5 months against the Montreal Canadiens last Thursday.
“We’re not getting anything,” Panther coach Pete Deboer said. “Whether it’s a goalie pitching a shutout or a defenseman getting on the board or a forward scoring two or three, we’re not finding a difference maker on any given night.”
The Panthers missed David Booth last night in regards to shots on goal and offensive chances. The team mustered only 22 shots, seeing Stephen Weiss open the scoring, adding to his career high with number 26 on the year. Steven Reinprecht also tallied with his 16th of the season to make it 3-2 at 13:14 in the third.
Matt Cullen tied the game at the 15:02 mark of the second period beating Tomas Vokoun close to the net after an Erik Karlsson shot down low. Peter Regin gave the Senators a 2-1 lead at the end of the second period with his 12th of the year.
Senator Captain, Daniel Alfredsson, put the Senators up for good in the third period, scoring on the power play, which also gave Karlsson his third assist on the evening.
The Panthers again could not find a way to score on the power play going 0-4.
BOOTH: The Panthers have decided the David Booth is done for the 2009-2010 season. He ended the year with 8 goals and 8 assists in 28 games. His initial concussion by the hands (or shoulder for that matter) of Flyer Captain Mike Richards, caused him to miss 3 months of this season. His second concussion came from a good check by Canadien defenseman Jaroslav Spacek.
A good deal of people seem to think that these hits are Booth’s fault, accusing him of “admiring his passes” or “not keeping his head up” but really, does that make it right for an opposing player to target the most vulnerable part of the human body? Did Richards have to elevate and hit Booth from blind side, when a simple body check would have knocked him off the puck just as easily? Could Spacek have put his shoulder into Booth’s chest halting the play just the same? These are decisions made in the heat of battle on the ice, I get that. And I know the new rule has been put in place to protect blind side hits and hits from behind. But how about we call any hit to the head, regardless of what direction it’s coming from, illegal? After all the plays I’ve seen this hockey season where more and more players are being hauled off the ice on stretchers, it is time for any hits to the head to end. The NHL made a move in the right direction and had the opportunity to get this whole “head hunting” situation taken care of, but came just short in my opinion.
THE NEW RULE: Here is how the NHL determines what is legal and what is not.
UP NEXT: The Panthers take on the Nashville Predators at home, Monday night. Puck drops 7:30 PM
IN CASE YOU DIDN’T KNOW: Great song by a great band
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!!