Archive for January 31st, 2013

Panthers 6, Jets 3

- January 31st, 2013

SUNRISE, Fla. — The Florida Panthers snapped a five-game losing streak in front of family and friends on Thursday night, and the Jets helped them out.

The Jets gave up three power-play goals two nights after giving up two against the Montreal Canadiens. They now have the worst penalty killing rate in the league at 63.6%, and it’s why they’ve lost two in a row.

They can’t do that again on Friday night against the Tampa Bay Lightning, who have way more snipers than the Panthers and boast one of the best power plays in the league.

A few other post-game thoughts …

• Florida’s first power-play goal was on a 5-on-3 in the second period, and teams are usually going to score when they have that kind of edge. The second was on a bad rebound by Ondrej Pavelec, and the goaltender looked to be screened a bit on Alex Kovalev’s PP tally, which proved to be the winner. Head coach Claude Noel said the penalty killing was actually better than it was in Montreal, and he might have been right, but it doesn’t look that way when you give up three.

• Something’s weird about Dustin Byfuglien’s injury that forced him to miss the game against the Panthers. Noel said he got hurt before the morning skate. As in, between getting out of bed and before the team hit the ice at 11:30 a.m. He’s day-to-day, which means he could play against the Lightning.

• It was a decent debut for defenceman Zach Redmond, who went into the lineup with Byfuglien exiting. Redmond looked a little shaky in the early going, but he settled down after that. The worst part of his night would have been the four-minute high sticking penalty he received when his follow through on a pass hit Jonathan Huberdeau in the face and drew blood.

• Noel was so mad after the game that he even vented at the media for “singing the praises” of his team last week during its three-game winning streak. But they were a good team last week. I guess Noel knew something the rest of us didn’t.

• Evander Kane, Blake Wheeler and Toby Enstrom all extended their point streaks to five games against the Panthers.