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Pete DeBoer: No Bag Skate for Florida Panthers

Deboer Pete DeBoer admits he thought about putting his players through the dreaded bag skate after Wednesday night's meltdown against the Hurricanes.

Yet after letting things calm down, DeBoer decided the best way to get over the 4-3 loss to Carolina was to just put it behind them. DeBoer and the Panthers broke down the film Thursday morning then held a practice session in Coral Springs.

“We addressed what went wrong and pressed the reset button. It's an 82 game season and it's a long year,'' DeBoer said. “Your emotions run all over the place, so you have to take a step back and focus on things.''

Wednesday's loss was perhaps Florida's worst of the season. The Panthers jumped to a 3-0 lead early in the first period but did little else as Carolina scored a goal in the second before getting three more in the third to get the win.

DeBoer said he could have punished the team with making them skate nothing but laps, only he decided the best cause of action was just get back to work.

“We have another big game coming up, so we just have to put that one behind us and move on,'' captain Bryan McCabe said. “We went back to work today, did what we had to do. We know we have to play with a little more fire, a little more grit. We got a few goals thanks to some bounces, but we never dictated the play. That's what we have to do.''

A number of factors led into Wednesday's loss. With Florida leading 3-2, defenseman Mike Weaver was caught coming onto the ice with five other skaters on and Florida was charged with having too many skaters. Moments later, defenseman Jason Garrison was called for obstruction. That gave Carolina a two-man advantage with Tuomo Ruutu capitalizing by getting his first goal of the night to tie the score with 7:40 left in the period.

“We have to get the killer instinct,'' DeBoer said. “The talk on the bench and between periods from the coaches was 'lets play for the fourth goal and not just protect the lead.' That's a mindset that you have to instill daily in a young team. There's no doubt that instead of playing for the next goal, they were playing to win 3-0. That's a bad spot to be in.''

Later in the period, goalie Tomas Vokoun tried to clear the puck but instead put it right on Ruutu's stick. The Carolina winger one-timed a shot past Vokoun to give Carolina its only lead of the night.

“Those things are going to happen over the course of a season,'' DeBoer said. “You have to distinguish if it's a lack of preparation or work ethic; it's not with Vokoun. That was a mistake. People make mistakes. As tough as it is to swallow, if their heart is in the right place and they work, that happens.''

-- One bright spot for the Panthers on Wednesday was Evgeny Dadonov getting his first NHL goal. Dadonov gave the Panthers a 1-0 lead just 29 seconds into the game.

“We talked a lot about that game, about being prepared,'' he said. “It was a huge game for us. We scored 29 seconds into it, then got a few more. I was really excited about scoring. I wanted a few more.''

-- Center Stephen Weiss didn't practice on Thursday because of an undisclosed injury, with DeBoer saying a forward could be recalled from Rochester to give the Panthers a spare just in case Weiss can't play Friday. DeBoer said Dmitry Kulikov, who was benched Wednesday, will play on Friday.

-- Rostislav Olesz was back on the ice for a post-practice session, but DeBoer says doctors have told him that Olesz isn't ready to return and is out for another week at least. Cory Stillman (back) was supposed to have a light skate Thursday but DeBoer said he wasn't ready for that.

When, Where: 7:30 p.m.; BankAtlantic Center, Sunrise
TV/Radio: No local TV; 560-WQAM
The series: Sabres lead 38-22-4
The game: After a rough start, the Sabres have stabilized a bit and come into Friday's game with wins in four of their past six. The Sabres are coming off a 3-2 win against visiting Boston as Drew Stafford scored all three goals. .-.-. The Panthers have lost two straight and lost three of four to the Sabres last season. Buffalo won both games in Sunrise last season – and have won five of the past six at BankAtlantic Center.


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i can not believe the coach still has a job. This can only mean the management has no tinerest in this season and moreover in the paying fan. Sad.

And hire who to do a better job? In case you didn't notice, this team is short on talent and high on 3rd/4th liners on any other team. This team needs to be blown up from the inside out, and Tallon took the first step in building it through the draft last season.

No coach could get this team to the playoffs. I'd rather tank and get the #1 overall pick this year and maybe even next year to get an influx of talent (since clearly we don't sign free agents of impact).

The team has gotten progressively less talented every year DeBoer has been here. I bet he'd wish to be fired so he could go coach a team that doesn't overhaul it's roster every year.

pretty sad that I'm actually looking forward to Olesz's return.... who would have thought that last year?

with AHL/ECHL players on this roster no one can win. You can't drive a Yugo and win a race.

It is 2003 and Michael Yormark, Rick Dudley and Mike Keenan have a town hall meeting.

Yormark says: everyone here is committed to winning. meanwhile Dudley wins the Dudley/Keenan war.

It is 2004 and Michael Yormark tells everyone at the townhall meeting not to worry there will be a season. Meanwhile, the panthers have their best season since Alan Cohen buys the team, we don't lose a game!!!!! however, we didn't play any either. Dudley loses the Dudley/Keenan battle and we have JM the coach come in.

It is 2005 and Michael Yormark tells everyone that we are committed to winning, meanwhile we have the Keenan/Martin war, Martin wins.

It is 2006 and Michael Yormark tells everyone at the town hall meeting everyone here is committed to winning, we are even saving money, we are going to scout by using video we can use that money that we save to pay our players.

It is 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 and Michael Yormark says at the town hall meeting that everyone in the organization is committed to winning.

It is 2020 and Michael Yormark is at the "Jet Blue" town hall meeting and he explains that the rebuilding job started in 2003 is almost over and we will make the playoffs this year for the first time since 2000; everyone in the organization is committed to winning.

Mr. Yormark: your actions speak louder than words, the only commitment from this organization is to make the arena profitable, the hockey team is something used to fill 41 days.

Be honest, this organization is not committed to winning it is committed to making a profit.

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