The Florida Panthers went into a shootout with the Philadelphia Flyers just hoping to get an additional point on the road. Florida got just that with two saves during the shootout by Jose Theodore to give the Panthers a 3-2 win. Theodore made 30 saves in the victory as the Panthers moved to 4-5-1 on the season.
Theodore has been miserable in the early part of this shortened National Hockey League season with a 3-4 record while giving up over three goals a game. On this night though, Theodore saved the Panthers from defeat and got the team an extra point in the process.
The Panthers goalie had given up three or more goals in his last four outings and was beginning to show his age, but Theodore came up big when he had to even at age 36. If Florida is going to get on a roll, it’s going to happen strictly due to Theodore being better in net. The team has now won three straight starts by Theodore, so maybe the tide has turned.
Theodore has bounced around over his 15-year career but may have finally found a home in Florida. This has been one of the worst seasons of Theodore’s career and I have to think that he will pick it up soon before the season gets too far along. He is just too good to not play a lot better. Florida now must hope that the offense can score some more goals so Theodore doesn’t need to pitch a shutout every time out.