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|OTTAWA — It’s never a good thing when the most commonly used word in a team’s dressing room after a game is “regroup.”
It’s even worse when that team is in the Florida Panthers‘ situation.
The Panthers’ playoff hopes took a seriously blow with a 4-3 setback in Toronto on Wednesday Sammie Coates Jersey , a game that saw them fall into a 3-0 hole before it was 14 minutes old. The loss leaves the Panthers (39-29-7) three points behind the surging New Jersey Devils in the race for the final wild card spot in the Eastern Conference.
Florida has one game in hand, but only seven left on the schedule.
“This team has been pretty consistent over the second half of the season,” Panthers coach Bob Boughner said after the game, “but tonight, for the first 20 minutes, we weren’t.”
Probably needing to run the table, the Panthers will be right back in action when they visit the Ottawa Senators at Canadian Tire Centre on Thursday.
“It’s tough to swallow, but it’s back-to-back,” said Jonathan Huberdeau Ameer Abdullah Jersey , who scored twice against the Leafs. “We have to regroup tomorrow.”
The sentiments were shared by goalie Roberto Luongo.
“This one hurts,” he said, “but we have to regroup and be prepared to come back tomorrow night.”
While Luongo was solid in Toronto, he’ll likely give way to James Reimer for the team’s second game in 24 hours. Reimer would be a good choice against this foe either way, as he has a career mark of 13-5-2 against the Senators that includes a 7-2 victory in Ottawa last week.
That lopsided loss was for the Senators (26-39-11) was the second of what’s turned into a six-game skid. They now sit only three points ahead of the NHL’s cellar-dwelling Buffalo Sabres.
The Senators looked like they might finish with a flourish two weeks ago when they beat the Panthers and the Lightning on consecutive nights in Florida, then returned home to deliver an overtime victory over the Dallas Stars.
However, since then they have been outscored 28-11 while dropping a half dozen games.
All that’s left to see is what pick the Senators wind up with in the draft lottery April 28, and which of their players will be headed to the world hockey championships in Denmark from May 4-20.
Winger Ryan Dzingel confirmed he’s been asked by Team USA, but says he’ll have to mull over the decision because he’s been dealing with some personal family matters over the past few weeks.
Meanwhile Ezekiel Elliott Jersey , the Senators want to grab on to something positive in their final six games.
“It’s a lot about trying to come together with the guys who are going to be here (next year),” Dzingel told Postmedia on Wednesday. “There’s not one thing I can pinpoint that’s got to change. It’s tough to pinpoint what’s going on, but we believe in the guys in the locker room.
“This summer, we’ll see what happens. But we’re just trying to stick together and feed off each other and play together.”
The Senators dipped into the college ranks Wednesday to sign forward Andrew Sturtz, the leading scorer at Penn State, to a two-year entry level deal. Sturtz will attend Ottawa’s camp in the fall.
The debate over whether the NFL should let players kneel during the national anthem flared up in state government this week as some legislators and a governor disparaged the league. Georgia senators unanimously passed a resolution Thursday denouncing the NFL for allowing players to kneel but not letting a veterans group advertise in the printed game program for the Super Bowl. South Carolina Republican Gov. Henry McMaster issued a proclamation designating the day of the big game as ”Stand for the Flag Super Bowl Sunday.” In Tennessee, a Republican legislator running for governor said she would run an ad during the pregame show saying: ”It’s too bad that the league doesn’t respect the patriotism of our national anthem.”
The on-the-field protests started by former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick have waned this season but the controversy hasn’t. President Donald Trump alluded to his public spat with the NFL in his State of the Union speech Tuesday, saying that paying tribute to the flag is a ”civic duty.”
The resolution in Georgia, introduced by Republican Sen. David Shafer Jeff Driskel Jersey , who is running for lieutenant governor, called the league hypocritical for allowing players to kneel but not allowing an ad from the veterans group AMVETS.
”The National Football League has abandoned even the pretense of supporting free speech and dissent, silencing a major veterans’ organization while condoning organized disrespect and contempt for the Flag of the United States and the National Anthem,” the resolution says.
NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said the game program has never been a place for advertising what some might consider to be a political statement.
”The NFL has long supported the military and veterans and will again salute our service members in the Super Bowl with memorable on-field moments that will be televised as part of the game,” McCarthy said.
The words ”Please Stand” figured prominently in the ad, and McCarthy said AMVETS declined to consider alternatives, such as ”Please Stand for our Veterans.” He said the NFL did approve a Veterans of Foreign Wars ad saying ”We Stand for Veterans.”
Georgia’s Senate minority leader, Democrat Steve Henson, accused his Republican colleagues of slipping the resolution through in a deceptive manner. ”Many members of the body had concerns about this issue and how it was rushed to a vote without notice Matt Slauson Jersey ,” Henson said.
In Tennessee, Republican Rep. Diane Black will run an ad during the Super Bowl pregame show in response to the NFL’s rejection for AMVETS’ ad.
Associated Press writer Jonathan Mattise in Nashville, Tennessee, contributed to this report.
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