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Not One To Set Aside

A lopsided defeat for the Panthers, Florida aims to learn from mistakes.
Friday, 04.12.2013 / 6:00 PM
By Glenn Odebralski - FloridaPanthers.com / Panthers Insider
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Not One To Set Aside
Panthers forward Marcel Goc wins a draw against Jets forward Olli Jokinen (Getty Images)

The solid hockey that the Panthers had been playing in the last five games didn't carry over into Thursday's game against Winnipeg.

Heading into the game against the Jets, Florida had probably played their best stretch of hockey this season and were rewarded with a 4-1 record as they got timely goals, great goaltending and solid defense. That went out the door as the game started fast with four goals in the first six minutes of the contest and the Jets continued their assault to score three more in the second within a two minute span to hold a 6-2 lead after two periods on their way to the 7-2 victory.

"There’s lots of different things we can point at, I think the whole game didn’t go (well) for us," said head coach Kevin Dineen. "We all have got ownership in this one (tonight), from the net on out."

"Second period I think we started pretty well. We had a couple of good shifts down low," said forward Tomas Fleischmann who had a hand in both of Florida's goals, including netting his ninth of the season to tie the game at two 6:31 into the first. "Then they just turned it on with ten minutes left and scored four goals and that’s it. That was the hockey game."

What had to be a frustrating aspect to the game was that Florida responded to Winnipeg's goals in the first. The second was a different case as the Jets fed off the crowd and attacked Florida in waves.

"It was a seesaw back and forth that game early on, but when the big push came we didn’t have a response for it," said Dineen.

In a long season - this one shorter than usual - one might think of a game like this one as a throwaway. Every team has a clunker now and then but the Panthers will not see it as that as they try to build off their recent strong play and not Thursday's affair.

"We played really good hockey. (Tonight) it just kicks us back," said Fleischmann. "We have to figure it out in the dressing room and stop doing this. That effort in the second, we have to learn from that and make sure we don't do that the next game on Saturday."

"No, this is not one you set aside," said Dineen. "There’s a lot of things that we have to learn from that we got exposed on (tonight) and we’ve got to take steps to keep improving."

SCHEDULE

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AWAY
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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 TBL 48 30 14 4 156 127 64
2 NYI 46 31 14 1 151 129 63
3 DET 47 27 11 9 139 119 63
4 MTL 45 29 13 3 123 106 61
5 PIT 46 26 12 8 138 117 60
6 NYR 44 27 13 4 134 106 58
7 WSH 46 24 13 9 137 120 57
8 BOS 48 25 16 7 126 121 57
9 FLA 44 20 14 10 107 122 50
10 OTT 46 19 18 9 126 128 47
11 TOR 48 22 23 3 142 150 47
12 PHI 48 19 22 7 130 146 45
13 CBJ 45 20 22 3 113 142 43
14 NJD 47 17 22 8 107 134 42
15 CAR 46 16 25 5 98 120 37
16 BUF 47 14 30 3 89 167 31

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
N. Bjugstad 44 15 12 1 27
J. Huberdeau 41 8 17 1 25
A. Ekblad 44 6 19 7 25
J. Jokinen 43 4 20 0 24
J. Hayes 36 13 7 1 20
B. Boyes 42 9 11 1 20
S. Bergenheim 33 7 9 4 16
T. Fleischmann 38 5 8 9 13
V. Trocheck 28 4 9 6 13
D. Kulikov 39 1 12 -2 13
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 17 10 8 .923 2.32
A. Montoya 3 4 2 .887 3.09
 
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