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Video: Panthers’ Matthias scores a slick shorthanded goal

Mar 14, 2013, 9:13 PM EDT

After last season’s surprising (and often lucky) run to the playoffs, not a whole lot is going right for the Florida Panthers.

In times like these, fans soak in the little moments. Panthers enthusiasts would do well to watch Shawn Matthias‘ outstanding effort on this shorthanded goal from Thursday’s match against the Boston Bruins whenever things get grim, then:

Matthias, 25, has been on a bit of a hot streak lately. He has three goals in his last four games and four in his last six. That covers half of his eight tallies in 2013, so at least things have been going nicely for him recently.

  1. hockeydon10 - Mar 14, 2013 at 9:34 PM

    Good effort. That’s what coaches love to see.

  2. soj83 - Mar 14, 2013 at 9:39 PM

    Another beautiful no look pass by Lucic that is just out of reach of a Bruins player resulting in a turnover.

  3. stratomaticfan - Mar 14, 2013 at 9:47 PM

    Too bad it should have been a tripping penalty and a shutout

    • swissdude - Mar 14, 2013 at 10:57 PM

      typical Bostonian comment, they always know everything better than the rest of us ignorant peasants

      • itsallniceonice - Mar 14, 2013 at 11:15 PM

        Lol. It was pretty close. He dove left towards the puck and Dougie was skating straight/right for position. Either way awesome goal and awesome effort.

        Dougie really should have been the one to dive to push puck forward but he’ll learn.

      • amerika1313 - Mar 15, 2013 at 7:15 AM

        Good call. People from Boston are the only ones who ever make comments that favor their team. And you really nailed it saying that he knows everything better than anyone else because he offered his opinion on something.

      • stratomaticfan - Mar 15, 2013 at 8:08 AM

        Thanks for your ignorant comment. I’m from NJ.

      • stratomaticfan - Mar 15, 2013 at 8:10 AM

        Hamilton had body position. Matthias dove toward the puck, upended Hamilton, and then made contact with the puck. In the rulebook that’s tripping. Doesn’t change that he made a great effort. Just shouldn’t have been a goal. Should have been a penalty.

    • hubeydubeydoo11 - Mar 15, 2013 at 12:24 AM

      Why do bruins fans always have to complain? This was a good play and should not be a tripping. Hamilton is trying to put a shoulder into Matthias and topples over him…Outstanding play by Matthias and i know Dougie learned a lesson from this. Besides the bruins were totally out played in this game and should not have gotten the win. They are lucky that Clemmy sucks and cant save easy shots. Matthias deserved that goal for his hard work and not giving up on the play.

      • amerika1313 - Mar 15, 2013 at 7:20 AM

        You know, you’re right! I never even thought about it that way… Every single save that Rask made was pure dumb luck. All three of the goals the Bruins scored with Clemmensen in net were total flukes too. I’m pretty sure the only way any of Boston’s passes made it from stick to stick was because Claude Julien had a four-leaf clover sewn into his underwear. Yep. Luck. That’s it.

    • hockeydon10 - Mar 15, 2013 at 11:26 AM

      This is the very definition of a sore winner.

      • theblakfox - Mar 15, 2013 at 12:33 PM

        The panthers only outplayed the bruins in the second period. And this is a controversial goal no matter how you look at it. Arguments can be made from both sides. The fact is Matthais took out dougie from behind then took control of the puck, however it does look like dougie lost his balance and fell.

        Boston fans are clearly going to want the league to look at a this goal but thats because it is controversial. That does not mean they are wrong, just standing up for their team. And saying that boston fans are ignorant or that the bruins didn;t deserve the win is just idiotic. 4 team goals over 1 individual effort pretty much solidifies the fact that boston is a much better team and played better.

  4. hockeyflow33 - Mar 15, 2013 at 1:11 AM

    Dougie, you don’t play for the Canadiens, keep your hands in and don’t look to the ref when you make stupid plays.

  5. titansbro - Mar 15, 2013 at 7:18 AM

    It was borderline tripping, but even as a Bruins fan all I could say after that was, “Whoa, what a play.” Glad they didn’t call it because effort should be rewarded.

  6. nhstateline - Mar 15, 2013 at 9:00 AM

    This is why I love the NHL. Even on a team that (already) has little chance of getting in the playoffs, players will make efforts like that this that show their commitment to winning and passion for the game. This was all of that. As a Bruin fan, I thought this was Dougie Hamilton learning another lesson, not a tripping penalty. Matthias made a play, Dougie’s going to see more guys on better teams try to make plays like this as the playoffs go on. This was a good lesson and I’d rather have him learn it in March than in May. On the other hand, I think it’s also why the Bruins are more likely to trade for another D than for a scorer. If they want to keep Chara and Seidenberg together in the playoffs then they need another top caliber D man to play with Dougie (and you have to wonder how much time Claude’s going to give him in the playoffs given the mistakes he’s going to make as part of his development process).

  7. mcmurphy22 - Mar 15, 2013 at 9:38 AM

    Call or no call, that’s the hockey everyone wants to watch, and see their team play. Sometimes you just have to let the boys play. Nasty goal, not sure exactly what Tuukka was doing playing half off the right pipe.

  8. kitshky - Mar 15, 2013 at 10:01 AM

    Ha! Tripping!?

    He dove for the puck and clearly made contact with the puck first, that’s hands down the goal of the year so far … and not even remotely close to being a missed tripping call.

    He outworked em, plain and simple.

    (Brutal blind pass south too though…)

  9. ironmike778 - Mar 15, 2013 at 10:26 AM

    So a guy thinks it’s tripping and you all start throwing Boston fans under the bus. Meanwhile it was a NJ guy who said it. Way to go.

  10. brcorson - Mar 15, 2013 at 10:42 AM

    Why does it seem like PHT is anti-Bruins? They win, are 2nd in the east with games in hand, and the video is of them letting up a shortie. And when they grind out a win or have a great game its nowhere to be found. Pittsburgh wins and it’s top of the news feed…they’re rolling right now, no doubt, but still. Maybe it’s just my Boston bias…i need more dougie hamilton news!

    • theblakfox - Mar 15, 2013 at 12:38 PM

      Meh, I love Boston, but I think good teams just come under more critiques because they are good. We always hear when penguins or captials do poorly, we just notice it more when its our team.

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