This is how bad the injury thing is for the Lightning. They had 6 centers on the roster at the start of this season. None of them played last night.
Stamkos - injured
Callahan - injured
Boyle - traded
Johnson - hurt
Paquette - hurt
Namestnikov - hurt
Can you imagine the Blues not having Stastny, Berglund, Brodziak, Lehtera and then pick two prospects (say Barbashev and any other C)?
And they won the game. Thanks to the Panthers being dumb-asses who couldn't handle their players taking hard, clean hits and starting fights which caused them to lose defenseman for significant periods of time. Ekblad was throwing his weight around in the first. He gets hit hard in the 2nd and gets hurt, so the Panthers lose their mind and wind up losing Yandle for half of the 2nd period. If you're going to dish it out, your team had better be prepared to take it when it comes back on you and not act like a bunch of idiots losing their composure All because of good clean hits that pissed off the Panthers players. A 3rd Panthers defenseman was ejected because he was involved in a 2nd altercation coming in well after crap had started both times following a hit the Panthers didn't like. And then cried about it as if he hadn't done anything. Stupid.
The Panthers have imploded. Last summer what they were doing to their blueline made no sense to me then and it still doesn't now. They get rid of everyone but Ekblad (why? I still don't know), sign Yandle to a deal twice as long and twice as expensive as what he's worth. Then the GM has the panic attack of the century firing a damn good head coach missing two of his best players because of a rough stretch.
I don't feel sorry for them at all and Tom Rowe needs to be fired when this season is over. Awful.