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'Nine: Having That Mindset

by Staff Writer / Florida Panthers
Panthers center Stephen Weiss is back for another season of his blog, 'Nine. Weiss brings you closer to the Panthers action both on and off the ice as he talks about his experiences throughtout the 2009-10 season. Nine is in it's third season and can only exclusively be seen on

The popular first-round draft pick (4th overall) in 2001, is in his seventh NHL season, all with the Cats. The Toronto, Ontario native reached career highs last season as he lead the in both assists and points, leading the team in  in 74 games. He also set a career high in game-winning goals with four.

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Someone recently asked me about the win over the Canadiens and how it was the first game that they lost when leading after two periods. To tell you the truth, I didn't know that, so I hadn't really thought about that going into the third down 1-0.

I thought we were going to win the hockey game. I thought we had deserved to actually be up a goal going into the third period at least with the way we were playing and our game plan for the third was to do what we were doing, ramp it up a notch and know that we were going to eventually get one and hopefully get another one.

We got that penalty shot and Shawn Matthias was able to capitalize on it and we kind of took over from there and got a huge win.

It was great to beat the Canadiens. They had our number the first two games this season so we definitely had to beat them. Obviously they're right there in the standings with us and any time you play an old coach/GM, especially being that just last year he was here, you certainly want to beat them that much more. It was nice to pull out the win.

We've gotten different guys stepping up each night lately. One night it's Kenndal McArdle, the next it's Shawn, the next it's someone else. That's what good teams have. They have depth and a different guy on each night steps up to help the team win. It's nice to see that happening here.

It was tough losing Nathan Horton to an injury. He's one of our top forwards. Even with the loss, we're trying to play the same way. We have to find that offense from other guys, other guys have a chance to step up and help us out offensively, but as far as how we're playing as a team, I don't think we've tried to change too much with him out.

It's always nice to get bounces. I think that you earn your bounces over the course of the season. It's a process when you're not winning. You just keep playing hard and develop good habits and all of a sudden it changes and you get on a roll. So I think you earn those things and right now we're getting them because we've been doing the right things and playing the right way. Hopefully it just continues.

Tomas Vokoun has absolutely been great for us this month. I think it's some of the best hockey that he's played for us since we've been playing together. Obviously his goals against have been awesome. He's seeing a lot of pucks and giving us a chance to win every night. Although we're not scoring a ton of goals, we're not giving up much either so we're right in there in every game with a chance to win and that's all you can ask for from your goalie.

We have a big game against Washington tomorrow night. We'll be ready for them.

Talk to you soon.
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