I could pull out all of the cliches in the world to describe yesterday's 3-2 overtime loss against the Florida Panthers.
"Carolina didn't put together a full sixty minutes."
"Carolina won in every category but the scoreboard."
"One or two silly mistakes cost them the game."
"Florida played to win the game while Carolina played not to lose."
All of those would more or less describe the game against Florida pretty accurately and I feel that the same thing happened in almost every game Carolina has lost in overtime this year. That's not to say the Canes played a bad game because they didn't and they actually had the upper-hand on Florida for a little over 40 minutes. Everything after the second period, though? Awful. The Panthers outshot Carolina 13-3 in the third period and overtime and could only muster up one scoring chance. This came after a strong second period where they were able to take a 2-1 lead but they showed little effort to build on that lead, took stupid penalties and couldn't establish any kind of forecheck.
The bright side? The Canes have earned points in three consecutive games and I suppose you can say that they've earned them.
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