Good thing for Florida that Philly didn't offer much for goaltender Tomas Vokoun at today's deadline, if anything. GM Paul Holmgren's club is almost certainly regretting it.
The Panthers began the game with a fire under their belt little seen at any point this season. If two fights in the opening five seconds doesn't grab your teammates' attention, little will. Nick Tarnasky went twice with Arron Asham, among other scuffles, but the headliner was David Booth taking on former purveyor of pain Mike Richards. Don't get too excited: it wasn't much of a fight; one of those "okay, everyone's expecting it, let's get it over with" deals which is nonetheless always a hoot. Controversy ended.
Cats defenseman Jason Garrison channeled his inner-Paul Coffey throughout the evening, making numerous rushes into the offensive zone, picking up not only his first NHL goal, but an assist as well. He looked good.
David Booth ended the evening with four points (1g, 3a, 4sog) as did captain Bryan McCabe (1g, 3a). Believe it or not: this was Booth's first goal on BAC ice of the season.
Not to be forgotten, center Shawn Matthias (1a) looked fantastic at times.
Next up: Carolina Saturday in Sunrise.