Not only did the Panthers continue to display shoddy defense in Tuesday's 5-2 loss to the torrid Tampa Bay Lightning, they had to be reminded of it by the renovated arena's jumbo, 68,000-pound, hi-def scoreboard.
Although the Panthers newly jumbled lines that included top-line forward Kris Versteeg for the first time this season, seemed more cohesive while creating several golden scoring opportunities, they still managed just two goals against Lightning goalie Anders Lindback, giving them five lamp-lighters over a five-game losing streak.
That's certainly not enough scoring against a balanced Lightning squad on a four-game winning streak. The Lightning lead the league in total goals and 5-on-5 tallies, while whipping the puck around like the Globetrotters do with basketballs.
"We have flashes here and there,'' Panthers coach Kevin Dineen said. "It's just not a concerted effort by anybody.
Reeling Panthers fall 5-2 to Lightning for fifth straight loss
Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel | Jan 30