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Panthers coach calls out Markstrom after disastrous loss

Mar 8, 2013, 9:00 AM EDT


Goaltender Jacob Markstrom is just 23 years old, but when he hangs up his skates, he might remember Thursday’s 7-1 loss to the Washington Capitals as the worst night of his NHL career.

Markstrom faced just two shots and he couldn’t stop either of them before being pulled 3:10 minutes into the game.

After the contest, Panthers coach Kevin Dineen didn’t sugarcoat his assessment of what happened.

“I don’t like to hang out anybody to dry but obviously I don’t think Jacob Markstrom was ready to play tonight,” Dineen said, according to the Washington Times’ Stephen Whyno.

Markstrom got an endorsement from Panthers GM Dale Tallon on Tuesday after Jose Theodore suffered a groin injury.

Markstrom stopped 30 shots in a 4-1 victory over Winnipeg that night, but he was down on himself after Thursday’s blowout defeat.

“There’s no excuse for all of us,” Markstrom said in a South Florida Sun-Sentinel report. “It was terrible and I feel like I let the team down.”

You can view the two goals Markstrom allowed below and decide for yourself if they were preventable goals:

Of course, it’s not like Scott Clemmensen could contain the Washington Capitals either. It remains to be seen who the Panthers will start in Friday’s game against the Jets.

  1. bcsteele - Mar 8, 2013 at 9:17 AM

    The first one was really weak.

    That second one though, you could argue all day whether it was a weak goal or not. However, if I’m the coach the first thing I notice is that the defenseman (#47) just stands there and WATCHES Wolski take this puck to the net when he could have easily forced him behind the goal if was actually moving his feet.

    Call me a crazy fool who defends goaltenders or what not but that second one is a TEAM issue.

    • davebabychreturns - Mar 8, 2013 at 9:36 AM

      They’re both immensely stoppable goals.

      The Panthers should have done a better job preventing the chance on the second one but they are a terrible team and frankly that’s what your goaltender is for.. making sure most defensive breakdowns down turn into goals against.

      Of course, inconsistency is a hallmark of most young players and an awful night like this is no reason to think less of Jacob Markstrom.. I just hope the Panthers are aware of his limitations and don’t depend on him to give them 40-50 great outings next year.

    • raiderufan - Mar 8, 2013 at 10:20 AM

      I agree on both points. The first goal was terrible and really wasn’t even that hard a shot…more of a “I’ve got nothing else so I’ll put it on the net” shot.

      That second one is 100% on the entire team. That D was shameful.

      I like Dineen from his time here in Portland but calling out Markstrom when the rest of the team clearly was garbage is the wrong move. The whole team playing terrible is on him and blaming the goalie instead just looks bad.

  2. capsfan19 - Mar 8, 2013 at 9:20 AM

    Of course im going to root for my team, but it was tough seeing a goalie struggle like that. The caps can certainly identify with that…

  3. adlent - Mar 8, 2013 at 9:33 AM

    I don’t see how you call out your young guy when Clemmensen got drilled just as bad. What it was 4-0 on 8 shots? Sounds like your team didn’t show up to play, not just your young netminder struggling. But kill his confidence when he is already down. Sure that will save the season.

  4. valoisvipers - Mar 8, 2013 at 9:34 AM

    Shame on Dineen, OK the kid gets yanked after 2 goals on 2 shots, bad night I get it but what about the other 5 goals.You win as a team and you lose as a team but don’t shame a new kid in the media like that, Dineen you are sounding and acting like a Torts want to be.

  5. themohel - Mar 8, 2013 at 10:51 AM

    1. The kid was not ready to play – he should have stopped both goals (this does not mean the defense wasn’t also at fault!). No problem with pulling him to reinforce that this is the pros and you need to be ready every darn time.

    2. Calling him out in public without including others who soiled the bed (plenty of candidates) was a mistake by the coach. I would have called out the goalie and several others.

  6. r8rbhawk - Mar 8, 2013 at 11:22 AM

    Hell, even a fourth line goon plays more than 3:10 in a game.

  7. gekkoguy82 - Mar 8, 2013 at 11:37 AM

    I can understand a coach being unhappy with the first one. Second goal not so much. I’d be much more concerned with the defense letting a forward walk it in front of the net like that, barely touching him along the way. THAT was far more glaring than Markstrom. Not to mention whatever the heck happened for the other 95% of the game. For all his concern about not hanging people out to dry, why single out only one person who merely played three minutes of a 7-1 game, let in only one poor goal, and is probably beating himself up immensely in the first place? Pretty sub par coaching, if you ask me.

  8. colby7 - Mar 8, 2013 at 12:08 PM

    Hows the Markstrom Era going? Half price sale on a new Luongo era, he even comes as the Franchise leader in wins!

  9. 19to77 - Mar 8, 2013 at 4:57 PM

    Oh, right, because Clemmensen and the entire Panthers defense were so much better. Shutting the Caps down the rest of the night they were. =/

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