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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.

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 252 192 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 221 189 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 262 211 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 242 203 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 252 230 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 235 221 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 238 215 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 221 210 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 213 211 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 206 223 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 236 250 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 215 234 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 181 216 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 188 226 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 211 262 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 161 274 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Huberdeau 79 15 39 10 54
J. Jokinen 81 8 36 -2 44
N. Bjugstad 72 24 19 -7 43
A. Ekblad 81 12 27 12 39
B. Boyes 78 14 24 11 38
A. Barkov 71 16 20 -4 36
J. Hayes 72 19 16 -4 35
B. Campbell 82 3 24 4 27
B. Pirri 49 22 2 6 24
D. Bolland 53 6 17 4 23
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 28 19 12 .921 2.35
A. Montoya 6 7 2 .892 3.01
 
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