The effort was good. The finishing product was not. Lady luck did not smile on the Panthers—as they struggled with shots, hitting the posts wide, and having pucks trickle agonizingly past Tomas Vokoun at the other end. The final indignity then came, when a seemingly harmless play by the Senators finds the puck unwittingly hitting Bryan McCabe and is redirected over the Florida goal line. It would appear that the South Floridians are getting no breaks whatsoever right now on the ice. That often seems to be the case when a team hits rock bottom, as the Florida Panthers have done of late. However, this performance was actually a step forward for the Cats. They out shot an opponent (!), and didn’t take unnecessary penalties (only one—which Ottawa unfortunately capitalized on ...
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