Apologies to all for not getting my Game Night! post up before the game, but I was travelling south to West Palm Beach and my Mom's house for the Thanksgiving Day festivities. I know you all were lost without it. Further grief because at the house, we get Dish Network, the only TV carrier that the Panthers game was not available on! Luckily, as our forefathers did in days of yore, I sat myself in front of the AM radio and caught the final period of the game.
From the sounds of it, for about 55 minutes of the game, the Panthers were dead. Going down 2-0 in the first, Vokoun is benched. Anderson comes in and plays admirably, keeping the Cats hopes alive. Unfortunately, the Panthers still couldn't solve Devils 'tender Scott Clemmensen (Clemmy beat the Cats 3-1 a week ago). Unable to score on a 5 on 3 midway through the 3rd, and Billy Lindsay was calling the game. The Panthers had no life, nothing was going their way, their air was sucked out, let's look ahead to bouncing back against the Rangers on Friday. All of a sudden, Bouwmeester scores. His first of the season coming at a very opportune time. Still, less then 2 minutes left, his goal would probably be meaningless in the end. Anderson goes to the bench, the Panthers trying desperately, and then the call. "David Booth scores! Oh wow! Tie your mother down!" If you've never heard Randy Moller call a goal, it's worth tuning in to. Bouwmeester's goal? "Jay-bo scores! Smoke 'em if you got 'em!" He's a trip. Anyways, wow indeed! Left for dead, the Panthers, these Panthers, score 2 in the final 2 minutes to steal a point? Yes, they lost in the OT session on what sounded like a weak goal, but still. A week ago, this team lays down after 2 periods. Now, no quit? Frustrated all night, but they kept pecking away and actually got 2? Before Monday's game, coach DeBoer called this a "season changing week." Well, a 1-0-1 start isn't too shabby. If they can somehow steal a couple points from the powerhouse Rangers Friday night, it might, indeed, become a season changing week. Great to see Bouwmeester get his first of the year, as well.
As I mentioned earlier, the New York Rangers come to town Friday night, and I'll be heading to the BAC for this one myself! Can't wait.
Oh yea, the daily injury report. Nathan Horton injured his knee late in the 3rd and went to the locker room. Wonderful. Cory Stillman, Richard Zednik, Nathan Horton... yeah we won't miss any goals from those guys... yikes. Hope it's just a bruise...