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Commentary, sarcasm and snide remarks from a Florida resident of over thirty years. Being a glutton for punishment is a requirement for residency here. Who am I? I've been called a moonbat by Michelle Malkin, a Right Wing Nut by Daily Kos, and middle of the road by Florida blog State of Sunshine. Tell me what you think.

Friday, March 23, 2007

Out of Gas

The Panthers playoff run looks to have run out of steam.

Undoubtedly weary making his franchise-record 25th consecutive start, the 41-year-old netminder allowed goals on the first three shots he faced in the second period before being pulled as the Panthers dropped a 4-2 decision to Ottawa Thursday night at the BankAtlantic Center.

The loss, only Florida's third in regulation on home ice since Christmas, dropped the Panthers to 31-30-13 and was likely the final blow to their dwindling playoff hopes as they fell seven points behind eighth-place Carolina, a 4-3 winner over Washington.

Ottawa's four goals against Belfour came on just nine shots.


Belfour had given up five goals in back-to-back games last week, but rebounded to stop 24-of-25 shots in Tuesday's 4-1 win at Philadelphia.

Florida outshot Ottawa 37-19 and, by the Panther coaching staff's count, had twice as many chances.

Craig Anderson, who stopped all 10 shots he faced in his first extended work as a Panther, said the opportunities the Senators' sharpshooters got were just too good.

I expressed concern about Belfour last Sunday. You can only ride a 41-year-old goalie so far. The Panthers have played well for the last 2-3 months. 2006-07 won't see them make the playoffs but next year is looking hopeful.

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