With music blasting in the dressing room, Dale Tallon smiling, the atmosphere here in Sunrise was completely different than it’s been in the last few days. A tight game at the beginning became wide open by the third period as the Florida Panthers defeated the Winnipeg Jets 6-3 to end their five game losing streak.
The Panthers had four unanswered goals in the final nine minutes of regulation with Tomas Kopecky getting an empty netter at the very end. Lots of positives to take out of this one, and you can tell that the tightness while not 100% gone, certainly has dissipated.
The win which is only the second of the season, allows the Panthers to head out for a three game road trip with a positive attitude, and with something to build on. Coach Kevin Dineen mentioned that a win like this is just one step to getting back to the way they know they should play. He’s actually looking forward to the three game road trip, as everyone will be together for a few days, and not have any local distractions to take their mind off the game. He’s looking at this trip as a way to continue building the chemistry on the team.
Peter Mueller who has now scored in three consecutive games was pleased with the effort, and was very happy for Jose Theodore.
Dave will have a full recap in the morning.
In closing, this was a much needed win, and the players knew it. Hard work by everyone is needed for them to be successful. Tonight they got it.
I told you it wasn’t time to panic!
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