God hates Panthers fans in back-to-back games, too.
Mathieu Garon stopped 24 of 27 for the win.
01:29 TB Kubina, (Shannon, Downie)(PP)
07:40 FLA, (Kopecky, Kennedy)
04:59 FLA Versteeg, (Weiss, Fleischmann)
05:40 FLA Kopecky, (Kennedy, Booth)
10:27 TB Connolly, (Shannon, Stamkos)(PP)
09:01 TB Pyatt, (Ritola)
14:40 TB Ritola, (Downie)
14:49 TB Purcell, (Conacher, Ritola)
Uh, yeah. Ritola just made the team. I'm calling it. He's been such a completely different player since that good stint in Norfolk. I used to loathe the fact a roster spot was being used on him. Now, I don't see any way you can hold him out of the lineup on opening night.
Brett (don't call me Brent, Pete) Connolly keeps racking up points. It makes me excited for when he makes the team, be it this season (still a long shot) or next year (becoming more of a likelihood all the time).
Is Ryan Shannon the new Thor? Old Thor (Sean Bergenheim) was -1 for the Panthers tonight, but New Thor (lil' Thor?) has been racking up points at a nice clip. Here's a guy who has a lot of wiggle in his game, and has always had the look of a scorer, but it hasn't shown up on the scoresheet. If preseason is any indication, this guy is going to put up numbers. Is this what we can expect from Yzerman every year? Some guy off the scrap heap somewhere up north on a 1-year who makes good?
Ice time tea leaves show Ritola as the high man of the bubble players with over 14 and a half minutes and Tyrell still pulling up the rear at a shade over 12. With guys like Shannon and Pyatt filling the "little fast man" role, you wonder about Tyrell being the odd man out.
I can't believe Guy Boucher said, "It's all good." Maybe I put Guy on too high a pedestal already, but I can't imagine Scotty Bowman or Don Shula ever saying, "It's all good."
Box score from NHL.com.