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Peeke's Points: Game Blog

Monday, 11.5.2007 / 10:04 PM ET / Blogs
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Peeke\'s Points: Game Blog

7:15 pm
Panthers must help the Lightning extend their winless road record to 7.  In doing so, we will be one game closer to two points will be huge tonight.  The Panthers need to repeat, up to a point, what they did when they last played the Lightning here at the BankAtlantic Center...that is...get off to a great start.  This time, however, we can not allow the Lightning to come storming back in the third period.  A four goal lead was erased in short time and I recall going near-crazy until Jokinen scored a huge insurance goal.  Let's get the lead and keep it.  We'll see...puck drops in a few minutes.

14:00 remaining...1st period
Prospal knocks Allen into the boards in neutral zone...gets a desrved five minute major...Allen took exception.  What was Tanarsky doing joining in?...Allen laid a nice check on him two minutes earlier.  Four on four action going good. Jokinen's line looking sharp in early going.

13:21 remaining... 1st period
From a power play to a penalty kill....why would Weiss get a two minute penalty when the Panthers are looking at a man advantge.  Instead St. Louis knocks in easy rebound for a 1-0 Lightning lead.  It's 4 on 4 and we look like we are killing a penalty.

10:31 remaining... 1st period
Panther goal !!!  Peltonen knocks in rebound from Jokinen's shot.  Ville did a good job staying in front of the net.   Tie game...1-1.

8:08 - 4:34 remaining... 1st period
Peltonen again in front of the net and deflects in Murphy's shot from point for another power play goal.  Jokinen gets his 2nd assist.  2-1 Panthers.

8:25 p.m. - End of first period...

Panthers up 2-1.  I made a press box blunder as Peltonen scored his first goal...I let out a huge yell, and quickly realized everyone else was silent around me.  I broke etiquette but learned from my mistake...was quiet after the 2nd goal and will work hard to supress being a fan while I'm up here.  Panthers outshot and mostly outplayed the Lightning in the first period...power plays help.  Panthers rank 6th in the league with a power play % of 22.7.  Lightning right behind at 22.2%.  Guess what...three goals on the PP in the first.

8:35 p.m. - Start of the 2nd period...
Just announced change in Panthers first was Jokinen, so Ville did not get his stick on it.  Panthers just killed off Lightning PP, and now with 17:21 remaining, we go on the man advantage.

8:51 p.m.

Midway through the second...Lightning now controlling this game.  Keeping the puck in panthers zone and creating opportunities...and guess what...they just scored while I was writing this.  Panthers allowing Lightning to skate out with the puck.  Then...just as I was about to press the send button, Montador scores as he goes top shelf to make it a 3-2 Panther lead.  Lets see if the Panthers can grab some momentum.

9:19 p.m. - End of the second...
A shot a minute.  That was what the Panthers produced on their five minute man advantage which ate up the remaining time of the period.  The Lightning penalty killers play aggressive, going after the puck carrier and not allowing the Panthers to set anything up.  That strategy works well as the Panthers seem too jumpy and unorganized.  That power play was set up by Tanarski's hit on Van Ryn which then had Bryan Allen taking exception.  Allen and Tanarski have been going at it since their first shifts of the night.  Prior to the penalty call, Vokuon made a great save on Lecavalier as he skated in alone.  That preserved the 3-2 lead, which is where we are now.  Still, the Panthers lost a golden opportunity to extend the lead, and I'm hoping that will not come back to haunt them.  I'm hearing up here that Van Ryn and Allen will be back, although they looked rough going off the ice after their Tanarsky experience.  Third period is shaping up to be a pressure cooker...this is a game the Panthers must win.  We are less that 48 hours from palying the Lightning again in Tampa...and they are strong at home.

16:20 reamin in the game...
I was just thinking...way too quiet, and certainly the Panthers weren't generating anything.  So with 16:20 remaining, Mezei ansd Salei allow Lecavalier to skate around...shot towards net and a goal.  Tied 3-3.

9:25 remianing in game...
:49 remain in critical penalty kill.  Penalty was a weak slashing call on Booth...wasn't that Gratton slashing right back????  Need this kill.

1:19 remaining in game...
Panthers score....Jokinen's work behind the net makes it happen.  In the final's tense.  Gotta go...will get back after game.

End of the game.
PANTHERS WIN !!!  4-3. Booth's deflection off Salei's shot sealed it...still the work behind the net by Jokinen was key.  The last period I kept thinking that the Panthers lost their great opportunity to put this game out of reach when they failed during the five minute power play in the 2nd...and it would haunt them.  But...they pulled it out and scoring that late in the game has got to be a back-breaker for the Lightning, who now are winless in 7 road games.  These two points feels great...and now we go to Tampa with a lot more confidence.  I will have to go to that game.
Go Panthers!!!




1 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69


J. Jagr 79 27 39 23 66
J. Jokinen 81 18 42 25 60
A. Barkov 66 28 31 18 59
J. Huberdeau 76 20 39 17 59
V. Trocheck 76 25 28 15 53
R. Smith 82 25 25 19 50
A. Ekblad 78 15 21 18 36
N. Bjugstad 67 15 19 -8 34
B. Campbell 82 6 25 31 31
B. Pirri 52 11 13 -4 24
R. Luongo 35 19 6 .922 2.35
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