The Panthers were back on the ice Monday, with Pete DeBoer looking as animated as we've seen in a while.
DeBoer was all over his players today, joking later that he was ''well rested.''
PDeB had them working hard, and held more short-ice drills where players fought for the puck.
''We were too easy to play against offensively against Washington,'' DeBoer said. ''The guys know that. We're at the time of the year where we know what we need to do to be successful. We know what doesn't work for us. When we stray from those areas, we get in trouble.''
-- Radek Dvorak wasn't out there today, PDeB saying that he twisted his knee when he was taken down along the boards early in the third period when Florida was trying to kill off a penalty. Dvorak couldn't clear the puck (''there should have been a penalty,'' PDeB said) and the Capitals scored moments later on Mike Green's first of the night.
PDeB said Dvorak could have skated Monday but held him out for precautionary purposes. Expect him to play tomorrow against the Toronto Van Ryns. But, if he doesn't, Anthony Stewart was up on the CPR Line in Dvorak's place.
CPA Line? Sure the Panthers would have no problems finding a sponsor for that one.
-- Tomas Vokoun back in net tomorrow.