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Florida Panthers Regret Lost Points against Los Angeles Kings ... Panthers Roadie Continues Saturday in San Jose

StarwarsSAN JOSE, Calif. – Panthers coach Kevin Dineen said he walked out of Staples Center in Los Angeles feeling good about his team despite a 2-1 loss to the Kings on Thursday night. 

A day later, regret definitely set in. Florida played the better game on Thursday, outshooting the Kings 42-26 and having plenty of scoring chances throughout.

Only goalie Jonathan Quick was outstanding, his lone blemish a goal to Sean Bergenheim in the second off a loose puck. 

Two points aren't easy to come by on the road, and for the Panthers, they've been extremely difficult to get against the Kings. Los Angeles has now won seven straight against Florida since 2003. 

“There's frustration from last night. After the game, I was upbeat, we had played hard,'' Dineen said Friday afternoon.

“The frustration of not getting the two points has kicked in. There were a couple individual performances in the game that irritated me and I Kings2wanted to make sure I addressed them [Friday]. If we don't have all cylinders running, we cough and spit.''

Quick is 3-0 against the Panthers and 8-1 against teams from the Southeast Division during his career.

“He made big saves all night and we just didn't have an answer,'' said Weiss, who had five of Florida's shots. “We'll regroup and hopefully have the same effort against San Jose, just get some bounces. We had great chances all night. They just weren't going in. The other night in Carolina we didn't have our best game by any means, but we got a bounce and won the game.''

Defenseman Mike Weaver says he continues to be encouraged by the Panthers attitude and play on the road. Florida has won eight road games this season – tied for most in the league as of Friday afternoon – and have played well in all but four of its 14 games away from South Florida. 

“I would be more upset if we didn't get all those chances,'' Weaver said. “We came out hard and battled. We didn't get the result we wanted, but if we play like that, we're going to be on the positive side most nights.''

FonzsharkSATURDAY: PANTHERS AT SHARKS

When, Where: 10:30 p.m.; HP Pavilion, San Jose, Calif.

TV/Radio: FSN; WQAM-560

The series: San Jose leads 9-7-7

The game: San Jose's 4-3 win over Montreal on Friday snapped a two-game losing streak. Before losing to LandsharkVancouver and Los Angeles, the Sharks had won four
straight. .-.-. The Panthers have fared well against San Jose of late, winning the past three meetings. This is Florida's first visit to San Jose since winning on Bryan Allen's overtime goal on March 13, 2010.

 

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