Thursday Caterwaul: Panthers Open Forum

Everything that could have been done to win Wednesday's game was executed almost perfectly, short of a couple of goals Tomas Vokoun admitted he wanted back. Fifty-five shots were thrown in the direction of Atlanta netminder Chris Mason, who appeared disjointed and rather shellshocked through the first frame, but picked himself up to stand tall with 52 saves.

It was one of those nights, I noted early in the chat, where it looked as if Florida would get all the shots (David Booth had 9) but none of the luck; indeed that was the outcome. We knew going in the Thrashers were a tough bunch, able to play through adversity and achieve winning results through sheer willpower. They were every bit as advertised (more from Bird Watchers Anonymous here).

Jason Garrison, Bryan Allen, and Steven Reinprecht's efforts had kept the Cats on top through most of the evening, but Vokoun's 19 saves proved less effective than would be required, as Fredrik Modin (2), Dustin Byfuglien, and Niclas Bergfors made the absolute most with their appearances in Florida's zone, capping a 4-3 come-from behind victory before 11,212 (announced) at the BAC.

Chalk up the loss to...bad luck? Not really fair to Atlanta, given their dedication to not rolling over, which was a distinct possibility. Four Panthers had 5 SOG (Rostislav Olesz, Dennis Wideman, Stephen Weiss, and Shawn Matthias); that's 29 when Booth's output is figured...can't call it a lack of effort.

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