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Seventh straight loss leads to ‘yelling and cursing’ in Panthers locker room

Nov 7, 2013, 11:11 PM EDT

When your team is on a seven-game losing streak, it’s only a matter of time before things blow up. Add the Florida Panthers to Thursday’s trio of teams that needed post-defeat meetings, as the Miami Herald’s George Richards describes the angry scene:

If you’re a Panthers fan looking for a reason for optimism, there’s one promising sign and one troubling bit:

Good: Tim Thomas expects to be back on Saturday, according to Richards.

Bad: The Panthers play two more games on the road, one against mighty Anaheim at home, then face a five-game road trip in the rugged West. So, to review, a team on a seven-game losing streak will play seven of their next eight games on the road.

Yikes. At least they have a five-game homestand after that run, right? (Waits for jokes about the 2014 NHL Draft …)

  1. c9castine - Nov 7, 2013 at 11:37 PM

    rough. several teams this year are just complete duds. we haven’t had this many completely awful teams since the 2005 lockout, there is usually just 1, if that, per year.

    • esracerx46 - Nov 7, 2013 at 11:53 PM

      You mean usually just one in Alberta right?

  2. steelers88 - Nov 7, 2013 at 11:55 PM

    Well look on the bright side…. Wait there is no brightside.

    • joey4id - Nov 8, 2013 at 8:46 AM

      It’s sunny in Sunrise, and they have TT to save them.

    • cofran2004 - Nov 8, 2013 at 8:47 AM

      The bright side is that they never have to change their plans in april to accomodate panthers playoff games.

  3. canucks30 - Nov 8, 2013 at 12:30 AM

    No bright side? How about the fact that Panther fan lives in a tax exempt beach paradise with round the clock sunshine?

    • hockeyflow33 - Nov 8, 2013 at 1:41 AM

      and year round golf

    • imnotyourbuddyguy - Nov 8, 2013 at 2:40 AM

      Sam Reinhart is another bright-side

  4. sabatimus - Nov 8, 2013 at 7:07 AM

    That final goal by Reilly Smith was flat-out embarrassing. He was beautifully set up in the slot by a Panthers player who seemed to fire the puck across the ice while having zero awareness of what might be going on over there.

  5. steelers88 - Nov 8, 2013 at 7:37 AM

    True that’s why I’m moving to Florida for the warmth and the sunshine. Luckily I will be getting NHL Center ice so I will be able to see my Pens. I visited Florida this past summer and fell in love with it. Now I’m going to be a resident!

  6. csilojohnson - Nov 8, 2013 at 7:47 AM

    Enjoy year round 90% humidity.

  7. edzo82270 - Nov 8, 2013 at 8:00 AM

    Florida. God’s waiting room.

  8. LampyB - Nov 8, 2013 at 8:26 AM

    Frankly I’m kinda pissed that there are so many duds this season. It sucks to watch, screws fantasy stats when teams keep getting no-brainer blowouts. WTF is going on in FLA, PHI, EDM, BUF, CAR. jesus most of those teams have twice the talent as Calgary yet they’re holding their own.

    • thesportsjudge - Nov 8, 2013 at 3:09 PM

      Mostly Eastern Conference too. That scares me more.

  9. nhstateline - Nov 8, 2013 at 8:29 AM

    The Smith goal was embarrassing. It was hard to believe that an NHL player would make such a lousy decision in their own end. At least Smith buried it, there are some other Bruins who would have produced the sound of banging glass. Beyond that, Florida and the Bruins were both so-so last night and the game was close going into the third.

    • cofran2004 - Nov 8, 2013 at 8:55 AM

      you mean they stopped the game after 2?

    • thesportsjudge - Nov 8, 2013 at 3:08 PM

      No, the player that would have produced that sound is in Dallas now(Peverley), although I really liked him as a player.

      • nhstateline - Nov 8, 2013 at 7:01 PM

        you got it. The only time Pevs ever hit the net in the Garden was the other night for Dallas. I also think he was great here and was really sorry to see him leave.

  10. nhstateline - Nov 8, 2013 at 9:35 AM

    both teams were not good in the first two periods. Florida stepped it down in the third and the Bruins won the game. People are happy because they won, I look at how they played and see some improvement but also the same lapses in terms of positioning, same bad decisions with the puck, same lack of coordination between the forwards and the D and Rask with the same high shot problems he’s had all season. There’s a lot of work for this team to do if it’s going to make a serious playoff run. And there are specific guys with lots of work to do.

  11. tctctime - Nov 8, 2013 at 9:50 AM

    Regardless of the weather, I can speak from experience that very few of the players enjoy playing for a Team that has no following, very little money to spend and serves as a minor league for many of the wealthier teams. NHL screwed the pooch on this one. Love the Panthers but would rather see them in a true hockey market.

  12. shanesander - Nov 8, 2013 at 9:58 AM

    Markstrom isn’t ready for the NHL, they might ruin his confidence keeping him up

  13. metalization1 - Nov 8, 2013 at 11:34 AM

    It’s time to move the panthers to a real hockey market, with owners who are actually willing to spend money on the team. Until that happens they will always be bottom feeders.

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