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In crunch, all is crucial for Panthers -- Health, National Hock...

There are 39 comments on the South Florida Sun-Sentinel story from Mar 24, 2008, titled In crunch, all is crucial for Panthers -- Health, National Hock.... In it, South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports that:

In just his second NHL season, winger David Booth has never experienced a playoff push like he and his Panthers teammates are in the midst of making.

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FLskydiver

United States

#1 Mar 24, 2008
"I don't know if I'm 100 percent, but I feel really good on the ice," Stumpel said. Because of time missed, "it's going to be a little tougher, but hopefully everything works out good."

Ugh. I'm so sick of the non-committal word "Hope", and the built in excuses..

Hint -- Just say this instead:

"I feel really good on the ice. It's going to be a little tougher, but everything should work out good."

(I'll give a pass on the whole good / well thing because (a) his English is way better than my Slovakian and (b) he's a professional hockey player. Who cares?)

Montador said. "At the start of this year, when we weren't as good at home as we had been, we realized maybe we needed to pick up wins that weren't expected of us [on the road]."

As a professional athlete, you should have the attitude that you're expected to win EVERY game. Just because you WON'T win every game doesn't mean you don't TRY to win every game.

This quote tells me their were games this team was resigned to losing before they even showed up. And yet, when they decide to go out an WIN them anyway, it apparently worked!! Go figure!!
FLskydiver

United States

#2 Mar 24, 2008
"there" were games. Sorry.
Hint

Covington, LA

#3 Mar 25, 2008
Some players are sick of the media and stupid fans analyzing them every turn.
DK Schrute

East Berlin, CT

#4 Mar 25, 2008
Big night tonight. Bruins on the road against Toronto and the Caps are at Carolina. If we get some help and pick up another win the gap is down to 1 point. Gotta play better than they did Saturday, they were lucky to win that one.
RED BARON

Deerfield Beach, FL

#5 Mar 25, 2008
Hint wrote:
Some players are sick of the media and stupid fans analyzing them every turn.
You're joking right? What media, what fans? Players and management here have it made. Compared to most other NHL markets they receive almost zero scrutiny from fans and the media down here.
Fire Martin

United States

#6 Mar 25, 2008
Can you people stop analizing every single quote.. number one. Consider the source, and I don't mean the players.. I mean the reporters (when do they get anything right?).. Also, players just want to get the interview over with and go home, they say one of 3 or 4 standard things, it's not really what they think..("I have no problem with coach Martin, we're butt-buddies, we get along fine - Ollie Jokinen).. yeah right. Jeez, huge game tonight. I predict we win every game that's left, and it's STILL not enough.... Hopefully Carolina will be on, and Toronto and Ottawa as well (don't forget Buffalo!).
JETTATTACK

Miami, FL

#8 Mar 25, 2008
I'm kind of an idiot. So I'm not sure why I posted to this board. Please accept my apology.
Numbers Guy

United States

#9 Mar 25, 2008
"Some players are sick of the media and stupid fans analyzing them every turn."

Well Boo-Friggin'-Hoo.

These guys are making high six or seven figure salaries for about 5-22 minutes of work a night, at most just 82 nights a year. Those poor players.

Do you think we'd be analyzing their quotes if they were performing more consistently on the ice and helped make this team a winner?
Numbers Guy

United States

#10 Mar 25, 2008
The only thing these Panthers ought to be HOPING for is that 93 points will be enough to make the playoffs this year.

There's no room left to HOPE for good performances (or game wins). You need to go out there and get them.
FLskydiver

United States

#11 Mar 25, 2008
...And I HOPE they do just that. Go Panthers!
DREW

Pittsburgh, PA

#12 Mar 25, 2008
Am I the only one that thinks Monty should be the captain, or at least an alternate considering he's one of like 3 or 4 guys with real NHL playoff experience and is vocal enough and physical enough to maybe make a difference.
Ryan

West Palm Beach, FL

#13 Mar 25, 2008
I am making a prediction/gut feeling. Tampa will play very tough on home ice and want to kill the final playoff hopes of this team tonight. I think Tampa wins tonight and Martin will be officially done.
JT Mikes

Powder Springs, GA

#14 Mar 25, 2008
Hint wrote:
Some players are sick of the media and stupid fans analyzing them every turn.
...and THERE'S the winner! I couldn't agree with you more... Shut up A*S*S*H*A*T*S and enjoy your teams run to the playoffs. You'll be sittin at home for 3/4 of the season anyways...
Send Dumbo Home

United States

#15 Mar 25, 2008
Ryan wrote:
I am making a prediction/gut feeling. Tampa will play very tough on home ice and want to kill the final playoff hopes of this team tonight. I think Tampa wins tonight and Martin will be officially done.
hey, Nostradamus...Both teams are going to show up tonight. Tampa always plays tough, it's tortorella's style, they also have no defense and bad goaltending. They're the worst team in the East and we should beat them regardless of the playoff implications... I think everyone in that locker room knows they got away with one on Saturday. Tampa is completely demoralized. If they beat Tampa tonight, regardless of what happens tonight.. No playoffs, Dumbo goes home
Numbers Guy

United States

#16 Mar 25, 2008
Say what? I don't follow you.
Numbers Guy

United States

#17 Mar 25, 2008
I've sat at home for 4/4 of the playoffs for 10 years, I can tell you that.
Panthers STH

Deerfield Beach, FL

#18 Mar 25, 2008
Nice to see all you A55h01e5 pulling for the Panthers to win...
OH BOY

New York, NY

#19 Mar 25, 2008
Hint wrote:
Some players are sick of the media and stupid fans analyzing them every turn.
Um, yeah. They are sick of it-- then thank god they play in Florida. It would be 100 times worse in a bigger Hockey market. That was about the stupitest post I have EVER read.
firethecoachorgm

Miami Beach, FL

#20 Mar 25, 2008
Agreed... try putting up with the post, newsday and news on a daily basis, along with WFAN, etc. Try predicting you will win under that scrutiny ala messier...these guys here are on a semivacation...
OH BOY wrote:
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Um, yeah. They are sick of it-- then thank god they play in Florida. It would be 100 times worse in a bigger Hockey market. That was about the stupitest post I have EVER read.
JimH

Miami, FL

#21 Mar 25, 2008
The Panthers had better take TB seriously tonight. Tortorella does not want to lose despite being eliminated from the postseason already.

How painful is it to hope for a Carolina victory tonight? I hate the Diveacanes but the Panthers really need them to deny Washington the two points. Also, Go Ottawa! Go Toronto! Even... urk... go rangers.

(alright, there. I said it. Can I puke now?)

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