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The Magic Man- Florida beats Atlanta 1-0

It was nothing short of miraculous totally thanks to Goalie Tomas Vokoun that the Panthers were able to pull off a victory tonight. From AP-

Gregory Campbell scored midway through the second period and Tomas Vokoun made 27 saves in the Florida Panthers’ 1-0 victory over the Atlanta Thrashers on Monday night.Tomas Vokoun

Vokoun earned his fifth shutout of the season and won for the fifth time in his last seven home starts. Vokoun has made 101 saves in the last three games, all Panthers victories. Florida is on its fourth three-game winning streak of the season.

Whenever I start getting optimistic about the Panthers(they have more wins than losses now on the season), I remind myself that they haven’t had a winning streak longer than 3 games since the 2006-07 season. They can never get real hot, which is one reasons the team can’t get to the playoffs.

Vokoun was incredible tonight. He made a diving 2-pad safe early in the game. Later, he had to deflect away shot after Thrasher shot. Atlanta pulled their goalie and then when Florida committed a penalty, the team had a 6-4 advantage for the last 90 seconds of play.

Gregory Campbell in addition to scoring the only goal(with a helpful screen from Rusty Olesz) won a key faceoff in the last 20 seconds, and just a little while later, cleared the puck out of the Florida zone as the last few seconds ticked off the clock. Those plays got Florida the win tonight and make Campbell Co-MVP for a night but he still has played like crap this season for the most part and is a drain on the team.

Next up for Florida- A road trip to New Jersey and the NY Islanders.

Personal note- I just bought my first ever ticket to a Panther game. On Monday February 1st, I will see them play Anaheim. That’s one of 3 Florida games not on television this year. I am really addicted to Panther hockey, eh?

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Not to nitpick, but:

-In November of 2007 the Panthers won 4 straight
-In March of 2008 the Panthers won 7 straight

When you’re out at the arena for the game on Monday night, if you feel like having a beer or some water or Gatorade before or after the game, please feel free to stop by our tailgate! We’re out there in the lot every night, and we generally head in about a half hour before the puck drops. We’d love to have you out there! My cooler almost always has Bud Light Lime and bottled water in it! We’re located in the northeast lot just north of the handicap spots. It’s up by the building near the A42 sign after entering through entrance 2 from Pat Salerno Drive.

Posted by VanMurph | January 29, 2010 | 11:29 am | Permalink

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