Meh. Panthers played like crap tonight. As sloppy as we've seemed at times, they were down right brutal.
I'm pretty sure the Panthers slump can be solely blamed on one thing: Peter Mueller's hair. He should get some advice from King K on how to control your "flow" because that thing is out of control lol..
Sens taking advantage of a really light schedule early in the season. Getting these points against the playoff-bubble teams now are crucial.
I'm looking forward to seeing how we play against the Bostons and the Rangers of the league as we get deeper into the schedule.
Pittsburgh is in town on Sunday so we should get a better sense of where this team is really at. It'll be a tough game in Tampa tomorrow too. Lindback is a big upgrade in goal for them and their offense is DEEP.
I couldn't watch the game, so I watched some of the goal videos at NHL.com.
On the Karlsson goal, Florida is carrying the puck out, some Sens skaters are backing up to defend. Karlsson reads the pass, slows up, and picks it off. He has to wait for the last Senator to leave the zone -- who is that -- #3 Marc Methot? Eric made a risky play to intercept while Marc was recovering from being down low in the offensive zone.
This shows what I love about Maclean's coaching. He's anti-Hitchcock. He's not Tortorella. He doesn't tear a strip off of players or bench them for making a risky play. He encourages creativity and aggressive puck-pursuit and skating.
I'm pretty confident management told Alfredsson to take it real easy due to the shortened season. There were times where he would skate for it when it was dumped in but skated back to the bench. Conserving his energy for when it matters most.
Karlsson was a beauty tonight.
Fun fact: Methot is second in points on the team after Karlsson, 3 and 4 points respectively.
Regin continues to be unbelievable on bottom 6 duty and got much more increased ice-time in the third. Condra went beast mode, S-T-A-M-I-N-A.