Meanwhile, Cory Stillman’s winning goal in the shootout was a bit of a surprise to Thomas, who told the Boston Herald he was expecting Stillman to try and beat him with a shot from the slot like the two previous Panther shooters, Stephen Weiss
and Rostislav Olesz.
“I thought he was going five hole with a shot on me,” said Thomas of Stillman. “So he sold me on the shot and once he went to the side of me, it was a desperation lunge. I didn’t have much of a chance.” BIG MAC HEADING TO ROCHESTER
Steve MacIntyre, claimed off waivers earlier in the week, was preparing Friday to leave Edmonton for the Panthers first-place American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate in Rochester, N.Y. This is MacIntyre’s second stint with the Panthers. He was signed by the Panthers in the summer of 2008 but claimed off waivers when the Panthers tried to send him to Rochester.
“It’s a good opportunity for me to play somewhere,” said the 6-5, 250-pound left winger. “I think its great the (Panthers) want me back. In fact, it’s flattering. They signed me last year and then I went to Edmonton but they’ve picked me up again, so that’s exciting.”
Coach Peter DeBoer called MacIntyre a “monster of a guy” who knows his job.
“You always like guys who know their jobs and know their roles, and Big Mac was very clear what his job was,” DeBoer recalled. “That was to make sure no one took any liberties with any of our players and create room for guys on the ice. There was no gray area, and coaches like guys like that.”