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Bomber's Blog: Forming An Identity

Saturday, 12.13.2008 / 4:32 PM / Blogs
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Bomber\'s Blog: Forming An Identity
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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The weather on this recent road trip for the Panthers has been about as cold as Canada has to offer, but it has not been enough to cool off the hot Cats. The temperatures might keep falling (as low as -30 degreees) but the Panthers are continuing to rise in the NHL standings. Last night Florida set a franchise record with its fifth straight road win, as they beat the Calgary Flames 3-2 in the shootout. It has been an incredible turn around for a team that only a month ago was last in the league, and seemed destined to stay there as they were ravaged by injuries to key players.
 
Good hockey teams have an identity. New Jersey has always been known as a top defensive club, Detroit a puck control team with incredible talent, Edmonton a team built on speed, Anaheim physical and mean. The Panthers are starting to gain an identity as an extremely hard working team with great goaltending. Sound familiar? The Panthers are getting back what they once had.
 
There is a long way to go but it is hard not to love what you have seen lately from the Cats. It definately seems that they are headed in the right direction. Peter Deboer has said the injuries have been a blessing for this team as it has forced them to come together. This seems to have been the case as they have rallied around each other to turn a negative into a positive. It's amazing to watch this team win when on paper it looks like they are no match for their opponent. How can a team be expected to win when their leading scorer is a defenseman, and he has six less points than any other leading scorer on a team.
 
I love that this franchise record road winning streak has come while the Panthers are making their western Canadian swing. There is no better way to put  Florida hockey back on the radar screen  than by wooping up on storied Canadian franchises that rarely get a chance to play the Panthers. People are starting to take notice as the Cats are back on the prowl.
 
Hope is a wonderful thing. Hope is to desire something and think it will happen. This team has given Panther fans reason to be hopeful for a return to the playoffs. Florida is hot right now, and I am not talking about the weather.
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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 y - PIT 82 51 24 7 249 207 109
3 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
4 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
5 x - NYR 82 45 31 6 218 193 96
6 x - PHI 82 42 30 10 236 235 94
7 x - CBJ 82 43 32 7 231 216 93
8 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
9 WSH 82 38 30 14 235 240 90
10 NJD 82 35 29 18 197 208 88
11 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
12 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
13 CAR 82 36 35 11 207 230 83
14 NYI 82 34 37 11 225 267 79
15 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
16 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
N. Bjugstad 76 16 22 -14 38
S. Upshall 76 15 22 1 37
B. Campbell 82 7 30 -6 37
B. Boyes 78 21 15 -6 36
S. Bergenheim 62 16 13 -16 29
J. Huberdeau 69 9 19 -5 28
T. Fleischmann 80 8 20 -18 28
T. Gilbert 73 3 25 -5 28
B. Pirri 49 13 12 6 25
A. Barkov 54 8 16 -3 24
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 25 23 7 .919 2.40
S. Clemmensen 6 7 1 .896 3.09
 
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