Head Coach Peter DeBoer held a hard working and spirited 40 minute practice on Wednesday at the MasterCard Centre, just outside downtown Toronto, following the club’s 3-2 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs on Tuesday night.
“We were not prepared to physically get involved last night and our practice today was designed to address our competitiveness level,” said DeBoer. “We gave up to many chances, did not win puck battles and that ultimately cost us the game last night.”
RW Radek Dvorak echoed Coach DeBoer’s comments following practice.
“We took a 2-0 lead and then we seemed to stop playing," said Dvorak. "As a team we need to work harder and play for a complete 60 minutes. We have a great chance tomorrow to bounce back against a team that we played very well against last week.”
Notes: F Steve MacIntyre was reassigned to the Rochester Americans on Wednesday….RW Nathan Horton skated in his 400th career NHL game on Tuesday night in Toronto….D Bryan McCabe’s two goal game marked the 11th time that he has recorded two tallies in a game, the last time occurring on Nov. 18, 2008 at Tampa Bay…The Panthers play their second game of a three-game road trip on Thursday night when they visit the Montreal Canadiens…The two clubs met just a week ago on New Year’s Eve in South Florida with Montreal edging Florida 5-4.