Thursday, February 12, 2009

Panthers 5 - Hurricanes 0

The Panthers crushed the Hurricanes, 5-0 tonight. Awesome. Here's what went through my head afterwards;

-The score would lead one to think the Panthers dominated from beginning to end. Not so fast, my friend. Tomas Vokoun got his shut out via 42 saves. 42 shots on goal from the 'Canes. Yes, a lot of shots were from bad angles, blue line wristers and the like. The Panthers did a great job of clearing any 2nd chances and rebounds. But 42 shots is 42 shots.

-Florida scored on 4 of their first 13 shots. It's nice to finally get a goalie on his off night. Far too often, it seems, the Panthers have run up against a hot 'tender and had to fight and scrape and grind out goals. Tonight, not so much. The 'Canes defense seemed disinterested at times. The Panthers took full advantage.

-The forwards finally scored! Zednik continued his hot streak, love seeing him get hot. Horton, Campbell, Frolik, and Stewart also chipping in.

-Speaking of which... It was great to see Anthony Stewart get on the score sheet. The 4th line as a whole has been excellent. This team can roll 4 lines, and each line has as much chance as the next to put one in the net. Balance = success.

-The power play continues to struggle. 0 for 5 tonight. Too many passes, not enough shots towards the net. It feels like the Panthers are trying for the pretty, tic tac toe goals. Granted, tonight it was 5-0 after 2 periods, so that's going to happen, but did you know that you don't score on 100% of the shots you don't take?

-Don't look now, but the Panthers are tied for the 7th seed. They are 3 points back of the 4th seed. At the same time, they are 3 points ahead of 9th, so no time to rest now...

-Big week ahead. 5 game homestand. Rangers, Capitals, Devils, Blackhawks, Bruins. Oh yeah, 5 game road trip after that... visiting the Bruins, Rangers, Devils, Capitals, and Thrashers. No better time to have their confidence at an all time high.

-Sellout crowd in Raleigh tonight. It is so much more fun to play in front of a
packed house, and the Panthers certainly enjoyed it tonight. Let's try to get a few more seats filled during this upcoming homestand. Until tomorrow...

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