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Saturday, November 21, 2009

Reason To Hope Or Getting Our Hopes Up

Last night the Florida Panthers managed to do something they haven't done in thirteen years. In front of a half of the Red Wings faithful at the Joe Louis Arena (half because the others seem to be having financial issues and cannot attend games), the Florida Panthers beat Detroit. As I said, this is the first time in thirteen years that the Florida Panthers went into the Joe and came out with a W.

In all honesty the Panthers did not deserve to win that game. The Red Wings dominated them for fifty five minutes, but with the strong effort from Clemmensen the Cats managed to hang on and not only tie the game back up but get the OT winner.

Bill Lindsay said something last night that I took to heart. He said "A win against this type of storied team in this building could be a season changer". So I wonder, will the Panthers look at the rare win against the Red Wings as a season changer? As I see it, the season changed a couple weeks ago.

The Florida Panthers are 7-2-1 in the last ten games and are currently one of the hottest teams in the league. Tomas Vokoun has been nothing short of sensational during these games and Clemmensen finally put in a sixty minute effort last night. The offense is finally starting to click, something the Panthers had an issue with for a while last season. Chemistry is a very important aspect of the game and I think some of the guys are really gaining chemistry with each other.

The one thing the Panthers have to do for us fans is keep this up. The Cats will not win every game, and the fans need to understand that. At the same time the boys need to not fall back into winning two then losing two.

If the Panthers can stay consistent then maybe, just maybe, we will see some post season action in Sunrise.