Friends of mine over at the Panther Parkway blog tell it like it is.
I didn’t know if I was going to be handed a kielbasa or punched in the face. That was a great atmosphere to start the game. The nice thing was being able to suck the life out of the place by our play. You really like that feeling.
~Coach Kevin Dineen on the raucous atmosphere at Nassau Coliseum before Florida’s 2-0 opening-night win against the Islanders
Unless you are living in shed with no Wi-Fi, Fox Sports, XM, cell towers, Versus, any radio access, TV, or people, you know it’s “that time” again. No, I wasn’t referring to baseball! The FL Panthers started out strong with their 2-0 win against the Islanders only to crash and burn when they came up against the Pens, but, hey! It’s the birth of a new season so there’s still time for the Panthers to get in the groove. Here’s hoping for a win Saturday night against the Lightening. In the meantime, my boy, Clemmensen, needs to heal quickly and get back into some net action. Check out The Rat Trick a blog my buddy, Dave Lasseter, writes for to get the latest news about the Panthers. Happy, happy hockey!
Dun, dun, DUN! The message has been delivered devoid of hoisted flags, rolled parchment, and a wax seal. The NHL has said, “enough” to Matt Cooke’s destructive elbows and other players like him. His suspension could result in an over $200,000 pay loss (ouch). Like many others have said, not the first time with Cooke. The NHL, however, is “cracking down” (the irony) on dirty hits (okay, if not dirty, can we agree that the effects of said hits are bad?) in an attempt to reduce the number of head injuries. The debate ensues about whether or not hockey is only worth watching if it’s left alone more as a type of anarchic sport (I say no). Many Pens fans are disappointed in players like Cooke who end up possibly hurting the team with their suspensions (nearing playoffs). So, we, NHL fans, will be witnessing the changes as the season winds down. Some of us are happier about the league’s enforcement and others not so much. The bottom line is this: blatant, unnecessary, hits with apparent intent to seriously harm another player won’t be tolerated. Take it or leave it. I’m sticking around and not blaming the violence on Metallica (Carl)! ;-)