The Florida Panthers came into Monday’s match-up with the Toronto Maple Leafs with a chance to set an NHL record. The Panthers tied the league mark for consecutive overtime losses on Saturday when they fell to the Tampa Bay Lightning. While Florida avoided taking sole possession of that unfortunate record, they fell to the Maple Leafs by a 3-0 score in regulation as it has now been 11 days since they won a game.
The Panthers offense could not find the back of the net, despite sending 37 shots at Maple Leafs goaltender Ben Scrivens. Three power play opportunities were wasted by the Panthers, and their penalty kill allowed a Nazem Kadri goal that put the Leafs up 2-0 in the second period. Goaltender Jose Theodore turned in another average night, stopping 30 of the 33 shots he faced. The Panthers have now allowed 30 or more shots in their past three games and face a lot of questions heading into this week’s Pennsylvania road trip.
The poor power play performance Monday was not out of character for the Panthers. The team has not recorded a power play goal in five games, and Monday was the third time in their past five games they had been shut out. The Panthers scored five goals in each of their other two games in that stretch so the mystery of why the offense only shows up half of the time remains.Theodore’s last win came on Feb. 3 and it’s puzzling why the Panthers coaching staff continues to send him out there. It isn’t impossible for the Panthers to rebound from this awful start, but if they don’t start scoring goals and getting better goaltending they can forget about being a playoff team in 2013.