The Florida Panthers hit the ice against the Winnipeg Jets on Tuesday night with backup goaltender Scott Clemmensen in between the pipes. Jose Theodore is the normal every day goaltender but he was otherwise engaged tonight against the Jets. Clemmensen did a good job back there and held his own for sure.
The shots were pretty even as was the game. He had only given up two goals through regulation and most of overtime when the Jets Brian Little snuck one passed him with only seventeen seconds remaining. That’s a tough one to take for the backup net minder but there is a lot positive to take out of a good showing like this. Don’t get me wrong. I don’t think a healthy Jose Theodore is going to be worried about a starting job any time soon. Clemmensen certainly can build confidence with a good showing though.
For the Panthers however it must feel good to know that their backup goalie is extremely capable of stepping in to do his best when the time does come. They might need to put together a few shutouts in a short few games to get the Panthers jump started towards a good long win streak. It also might help if they could stay out of the penalty box a little bit. That seems to be a small problem. Either way, problems and injuries being what they may, they are in good hands at Goalie with both Theodore and Clemmensen.
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