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Discuss: Panthers roar back from 3-0 deficit, take 2-1 series lead

Apr 17, 2012, 9:49 PM EDT

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So much for 3-0 leads in the Florida Panthers-New Jersey Devils series. Both teams sat on those leads in the first two games, but the Panthers came back from a quick 3-0 deficit to score four unanswered goals, a 4-3 win and a 2-1 series lead.

Feel free to ask your own questions, but here are a few talking points:

  • The Panthers turned things around as a team, yet one cannot help but ask: should Scott Clemmensen start in net over Jose Theodore in Game 4?
  • Hey, the same question can be asked of the Devils: do they go with Johan Hedberg or grandfather Martin Brodeur in for the next contest?
  • After breaking a regular season record with an 89.6 percent success rate on the penalty kill, The Devils’ PK is a disaster. What should Peter DeBoer do to turn things around?
  • OK, is it time to take the Panthers seriously now? Do you think they’ll win this series?
  1. philly4lyfe - Apr 17, 2012 at 9:55 PM

    They channeled their inner-flyers.

  2. phillyphever - Apr 17, 2012 at 10:03 PM

    1) IDK about winning the series, but the Panthers are sure giving the Devils some fits. Maybe this will go 7 after all.

    2) Brodeur’s toast. If Hedburg isn’t in net for game 4, Devils are gonna be in big trouble.

  3. scottfmullin - Apr 17, 2012 at 10:05 PM

    Even though Jose has been fine all series, start Clemmer for Game 4 – he looked fantastic.

  4. canehouse - Apr 17, 2012 at 10:05 PM

    Clemms should be handling the pipes for game 4!!! sweet win tonight!

  5. gbditka - Apr 17, 2012 at 10:21 PM

    As a Devils fan, 3 things that always scare me:

    #1 – Peter Deboer coaching with his hands in his pockets

    #2 – When up 3-0, trying to kill a 53 minute power play with a prevent defense

    #3 – Wondering why we dealt for Marek Zidlicky…his better days were years ago!

  6. biffnasty - Apr 17, 2012 at 10:27 PM

    Brodeur needs to retire. Love how kovulchuck always just does some fancy stick handling then turns the puck over before a shot or pass. Great investment.

  7. trbowman - Apr 17, 2012 at 10:30 PM

    Clem should’ve been the guy game one. Gotta roll with him if you’re Dineen.

  8. jimmymarlinsfan - Apr 17, 2012 at 11:25 PM

    Fan since day one, Let’s go Panthers, let’s make it hell on the devils!

  9. mj2sexay - Apr 17, 2012 at 11:42 PM

    Worst officiated game I’ve ever been too, and it isn’t even close. Is there ANY explaining the disallowed goal, or is that just Bettman rearing his bald, stupid, ugly Devils-hating head. WE WON IN 95 GARY. IT HAPPENED. YOU STILL GOT YOUR TEAM IN NASHVILLE. LET THIS SILLY VENDETTA GO!!!

    Having said that, despite the brutal officiating, (and as I said and I hope reiterating the point dispels any notion of hyperbole that is was in fact, the worst I’ve ever seen and I’ve been a season ticket holder since Izod was called Brendan Byrne) two of those goals let in by Marty were Charmin-soft. DeBoer has a real dilemma on his hands with who to give the nod to in game 4.

  10. mj2sexay - Apr 18, 2012 at 12:10 AM

    ^I NEVER do this, and I’ve gotten plenty of thumbs down in my day, but how could anyone that’s objective possibly have a problem with what I said? That officiating wasn’t absolutely mind-blowing in it’s awfulness?

    I don’t mean to detract from what the Panthers did tonight, but let’s call a spade a spade.

  11. lcdcac - Apr 18, 2012 at 9:46 AM

    Lets Go Panthers!

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