How many good losses can you have before they just become another loss. The Panthers skated with the top team in the East and came away with a point, losing in a shootout. The Cats came back from an early 2-0 deficit, which was a feat in itself. The Rangers found themselves leading 2-0 after just 2 and a half mintues, before most of the BAC crowd had found their seats. Things looked bleak, to say the least. First, for coming back to tie it at 2. Then, with just under 2 minutes left, the Panthers tied it at 3. Full credit to the Panthers for fighting back. This team had every reason to pack it in. 3 top scorers were out (Horton, Zednik, and Stillman), Anderson was weak early, so many excuses, but not this night. They didn't get the win, but they got a point and a boat full of confidence on the way. They'll need it, too. They head to the World's Most Famous Arena tomorrow afternoon for the back end of the home-and-home with the Rangers.
You have to like what you saw last night. Down 2-0 early, best team in hockey, and the Panthers didn't quit. Came back from 2-0 and 3-2. Shawn Matthias still doesn't look like he's comfortable at this level, and only time will give him the experience he needs to be confident. We'll see if he gets that time. Nick Tarnasky's debut was decent. No fights to speak of, but he was energetic enough. As Craig Anderson seems to do, he'll let up a softie, then make an incredible save to follow it up. Tomas Vokoun hasn't shown much either, so we'll see how the carousel spins tomorrow. Lots of good things to take away from the game, but it was still a loss. These "good effort" games need to start producing wins if the Panthers want to play meaningful games into March and April.
On a personal note, this was my first game at the Bank this year, and I have to say, NHL games live can't be beat. There's something about the cold air, the cold beer, and the game itself. I love hockey. I just wish I lived closer to an NHL team so I could go more often. Game time tomorrow is 1:00.