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SHARK SHUTOUT: Panthers Outplayed Throughout 3-0 Loss to San Jose ... Tim Thomas Strong in Loss

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Aside from a four-goal outburst on Tuesday, the Panthers haven't scored much lately.

It cost them again Thursday.

San Jose got rolling on a breakaway goal from Joe Thornton late in the second period en route to a 3-0 win at BB&T Center.

Despite giving up a few goals Thursday, few can blame goalie Tim Thomas as he's kept the Panthers in every game lately despite almost no goal support.

Thomas stopped the first 27 shots he faced before Thornton scored. San Jose's next two goals came after Thomas made the initial stop and the Sharks' pounced on the rebound.

Florida has scored one goal or fewer in five of the past seven games. Thomas has salvaged four points from three of those games.

"We weren't happy that they came and took it to us,'' Thomas said, "that they were the team ready to play and we weren't. .-.-. We were at home. They flew thousands of miles and it didn't look like it. They looked like the fresh home team and we couldn't get anything going.''

The Sharks, coming off a shootout win in Washington on Tuesday, had plenty of jump as they brought the house in the opening period.

San Jose had 21 shots on goal in the first yet couldn't get anything past Thomas as he rejected one shot after another.

The Sharks, who outshot Florida 21-8 in the first 20 minutes, didn't get their first goal until Thornton picked up a loose puck in front of Mike Weaver in the neutral zone and took off.

Thornton charged in on Thomas, going top shelf on San Jose's 28th shot of the game.

"We have to bury our chances and our opportunities,'' Scottie Upshall said.

Florida had shots but not many real scoring chances against rookie goalie Alex Stalock. One terrific chance came in the third when Tomas Fleischmann fed Upshall in front of the net. Stalock, who made 24 saves, made a terrific stop as he would record his first NHL shutout.

Moments after Upshall was stopped, San Jose charged up the ice and took a 2-0 lead.

Thomas made a nice stop on a shot from Tyler Kennedy yet was still sprawled on the ice when Matt Nieto followed up and pumped a shot into the vacant net at 4:44 of the period.

Midway through the period, Thomas made a kick save on Brent Burns that Joe Pavelski jumped all over.

"They certainly outplayed us,'' coach Peter Horachek said. "We weren't ready to play and I'm not very happy with that.''

YOUTH HOCKEY

Some of the Panthers' youngest players all scored during Florida's 4-2 win over the visiting Islanders on Tuesday night.

In the opening period, rookie Aleksander Barkov, Drew Shore and Nick Bjugstad staked the Panthers to a 3-0 lead.

"You're looking at the long term situation,'' Horachek said. "The future is one thing and now is another thing so as long as they continue to contribute right now where they are -- and they are -- we're okay.''

-- Florida's league-worst power play continues to shoot blanks. The Panthers went 0-for-3 on Thursday and has now gone scoreless on their past 27 tries.

The Panthers haven't scored a power play goal since Dec. 27 against the Red Wings.

-- The Panthers will hold an open practice Friday at the Coral Springs Iceplex at 11 a.m. before flying to Raleigh, N.C., to kick off a three-game trip.

 

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Hey! What do you know? We didn't score again. Hope Mr. Viola is looking at some free agents to get because these guys couldn't score with a blind drunk lot-lizard.

Tim Thomas is hiding a lot of the problems this team has.

Most of the problems were with the vets we have.

Huberdeau needs to go to the AHL to find his game and get his confidence back, the panthers should take advantage of the Olympic break and send him down now (my understanding is that if we wait for the break they can not send him down).

On the PP we have too many people standing around and we don't one time the puck instead it is pass, hold, pass, hold lose the puck.

Get our big guys out there and cause havoc in front of the net

Call a forward from AHL and send Huby, Matthias or Hayes down. Campbell slowing the gam too.

I think Huberdeau will find it, but these other guys like Mattias, Upshall, and Shore are doing nothing for us. They are getting a chance to play in the NHL without the pressure of having to produce. Here, they know they can be mediocre and still hang around. On another team, these guys would have been sent down long ago. This culture of "mediocre is good enough because we play for the Panthers" has got to be thing of the past. The culture of this franchise is to not expect much. Please change this, Mr. Viola. There are fans out here waiting and wishing for something great. If you spend, they will come.

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