There were a lot of expectations heading into Monday night, being that the last time we played the Flyers, David Booth was lost to injury after a hit from Mike Richards, and he has yet to return.
So, leading up to the game, the big question was, “how would we respond?” Not only to the hit on one of our star players, but against a team that is currently struggling, while your Panthers continue their rise up the standings.
It didn’t take long to get an answer. After 20 minutes of play, the Panthers were up 1-0 thanks to Nathan Horton, and Bryan McCabe fought Richards in one of three scraps during the opening period. The Cats never looked back, taking a 4-1 win in one of the most emotional and dominating performances of the season, and putting us within two points of fifth place Boston in the Eastern Conference.
Hats off to McCabe for dropping the gloves with the guy that injured one of our stars, and what more can you say about the play of Horton and Stephen Weiss
? On Monday ESPN.com hockey writer Scott Burnside wrote about the young duo
living up to their enormous potential, and I know Panthers fans have been waiting a few years to see Horton and Weiss among the league leaders in scoring (as of this morning, they are tied for 17th in points).
Heading into tomorrow night’s game against the Rangers at Madison Square Garden, the Cats are on a roll, going 5-1-1 in their last seven. And with two huge home games on the horizon – Sunday against Boston and New Year’s Eve against Montreal – I’m looking forward to a BankAtlantic Center packed with passionate Panthers fans, eager to reward their Cats for this great run. Remember, you can order you tickets to both of these games by calling 954-835-PUCK.
Thanks for reading and go Panthers.