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Bomber's Blog: Coming Out Swinging

Saturday, 12.6.2008 / 12:31 PM ET / Blogs
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Bomber\'s Blog: Coming Out Swinging
Former Panthers forward and current radio analyst Bill Lindsay will be blogging on floridapanthers.com on anything that crosses his mind.

Lindsay who spent seven seasons (1993-2002) with the Cats and played in 506 games and collected 165 points is now a radio analyst on 790 The Ticket.

Lindsay will always be remembered in Cats history for his series-clinching goal in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference First Round against the Boston Bruins in the '96 playoffs.

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No Horton, no Zednik, no Stillman, no Booth, no Allen, No problem for the surging Panthers. The Panthers won their third consecutive game,and now have points in six straight, and all this coming at a time when they could have folded the tent and packed the season away. They had all the excuses in the book, they played the most road games in the league, had the most injuries, had a new coaching staff, Olli Jokinen was gone, and there was no way they could ever score enough goals. In the midst of all this chaos the Florida Panthers have got up from some mighty blows, dusted themselves off, and started swinging back with a vengance.
 
A group of individuals working together towards a common goal, is what probably best describes the meaning of a team. Florida now seems to have recognized the strength of this group is much stronger than the individual. Going into Thursday night's game, Horton, Booth, Zednik, and Stillman had combined for over 550 goals in their career, the twenty Panthers that were in uniform last night had just a shade over 650 combined. Given this fact, it seemed nearly impossible that Florida would be able to pull out victories. I mean c'mon they weren't scoring any goals with everyone healthy.

A couple of funny things have happened though. Florida has started winning and they have started scoring. How is this possible?
 
It has been an amazing turn-around by a group of individuals that has realized to get something done they must do it together. A lot of the credit has to go to head coach Peter Deboer, as he is the leader and has gotten everyone to start buying what he is selling. It always takes time for a new coach to make an impact on a team, but it seems Peter has the ship pointed in the right direction.
 
As far as the team itself goes, Campbell, Peltonen, and Dvorak have been spearheading the charge. They are defensive specialists, but right now their offense is keeping the Panthers afloat. Campbell already has tied a career high for goals with six in only 20 games. They are scoring because they are working their butts off to create opportunities for themselves. Bowmeester has been spectacular on defense, as he is playing at a level that if he would be able to sustain for the rest of the year would make him a Norris Trophy candidate. Weiss has been his solid usual self, Kreps is winning all his faceoffs, Ballard is hitting and blocking shots, and evryone else is contributing in their own way.
 
Did I forget to mention Craig Anderson? I think I did. Amazing. Spectacular. Dazzling. Fabulicious. Sensational. These are just a few words to describe his goaltending over the past couple weeks. Everything that I said about the Panthers being a team I believe is true, but Anderson has been the Hero almost every night. It has been some of the best goaltending I have ever seen, the question is can he keep it up for an extended stretch. The Panthers could have the best goaltending tandem overall in the NHL.
 
The Panthers are going to need all their injured players back in the line up for long term success. As well as the Panthers have played, they are still getting outshot almost everynight. If that trend continues, no matter how great your goaltenders are, your chances of winning over the long haul diminish greatly. The injured players when they come back have to stop at the counter and make sure they buy what Peter Deboer is selling. If they do this and add all their talent to the TEAM, the future will be filled with hope and quite possibly a trip to the playoffs for the Panthers.

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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 WSH 53 40 9 4 175 120 84
2 FLA 55 32 17 6 153 127 70
3 NYR 55 31 18 6 157 140 68
4 DET 55 28 18 9 138 134 65
5 NYI 53 29 18 6 150 131 64
6 TBL 54 30 20 4 144 130 64
7 BOS 54 29 19 6 159 148 64
8 PIT 54 28 19 7 139 136 63
9 NJD 55 27 21 7 122 123 61
10 CAR 55 24 21 10 131 143 58
11 MTL 56 27 25 4 151 151 58
12 PHI 53 24 20 9 127 138 57
13 OTT 56 25 25 6 157 173 56
14 BUF 56 22 28 6 131 155 50
15 CBJ 56 22 28 6 140 173 50
16 TOR 53 19 25 9 122 149 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Jagr 52 17 23 14 40
J. Huberdeau 55 11 29 12 40
J. Jokinen 55 11 27 12 38
V. Trocheck 55 17 18 3 35
A. Barkov 43 16 19 13 35
R. Smith 55 18 16 12 34
B. Pirri 51 11 13 -3 24
A. Ekblad 51 11 13 19 24
B. Campbell 55 5 18 20 23
N. Bjugstad 40 9 10 -3 19
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 24 13 5 .927 2.23
A. Montoya 8 4 1 .926 2.06

 
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