Whether it was the fact that they couldn’t get out of the way of the goalie or the goalie just wasn’t stopping the puck, the only thing stopping the Florida Panthers’ opponents on Saturday night was the netting at the back of the goal. No matter who was suited up in front of the net, things just didn’t go their way. Offensively they had their shots but nothing was doing there; nothing that is except for Peter Mueller.
His was far from a perfect game but he was in most every serious charge the Panthers were able to make at the Philadelphia Flyers on this night. He scored his first goal of the season and looked pretty darn good doing it. There was one magnificent pass right across the blue line to a waiting teammate and I just have no idea how the puck didn’t go in the net. Still, Mueller was all over it when he was on tonight. It could be a sign of things to come.
If he can gain some more momentum and regain a higher shot percentage like he had a few seasons ago in shared time between the Colorado Avalanche and Phoenix Coyotes, he could be a nice helping hand to the struggling Panthers as they try to get a few wins under their belt. He can’t make saves of course, that will have to be done by Jose Theodore. Right now the Panthers certainly don’t look very good. But the shortened season is young and more good nights by Mueller and a few others might be a spark for the whole team, fans certainly hope so.