ANAHEIM — Comebacks have been one of many Geese’ calling playing cards within the opening weeks of the season of their 4 victories.
Seattle, Toronto, San Jose.
San Jose … once more.
Whereas extremely entertaining, it isn’t a viable long-term recipe for fulfillment. The Geese erased a two-goal deficit towards the Florida Panthers with a powerful second interval on objectives 27 seconds aside by Adam Henrique and Ryan Strome and took a tie sport into the third interval.
The Panthers then constructed one other two-goal lead within the third and held on, beating the Geese, 5-3, at Honda Heart on Sunday. Geese heart Isac Lundestrom transformed a penalty shot with 1:14 remaining to tug the Geese inside one, chopping the result in 4-3. However Panthers ahead Sam Reinhart scored an empty netter with one second left, which was his second objective of the sport, for the ultimate margin.
“It’s nonetheless simply not ok,” Geese defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk mentioned. “That’s actually what the purpose is. We’re not doing loads of the little issues proper and bearing down when massive performs, robust performs should be made.”
Additionally scoring for the Panthers had been Carter Verhaeghe, former Geese defenseman Brandon Montour and Sam Bennett. It was one other sport wherein the Geese (4-8-1) had been outshot, this time, 46-35, and they’re the one NHL staff that hasn’t received a sport in regulation this season.
Montour was drafted by the Geese in 2014 within the second spherical, began his NHL profession in Anaheim, enjoying components of three seasons with the Geese. He had a four-point night time towards the Geese, scoring as soon as and including three assists.
The Panthers had been with out their main scorer Matthew Tkachuk, who was serving the primary sport of his two-game suspension for high-sticking Kings goalie Jonathan Fast. The incident occurred close to the top of the Kings’ 5-4 win towards Florida on Saturday night time.
The Geese had been coming off a three-game journey, wherein they recorded two comeback wins towards the Sharks, successful each video games in shootouts.
“I believe we’ve accomplished that a few occasions the place the sport’s not going effectively, and I believe the best factor to do is pack up your tent and name it an evening,” Geese coach Dallas Eakins mentioned earlier than Sunday’s sport. “So I’m impressed with our staff’s capability – even when issues aren’t going effectively – to remain in it.
“Particularly in in the present day’s sport – I’m unsure you’re ever out of it. It doesn’t matter what form of lead you’ve gotten. However alternatively, it’s definitely not sustainable to be down in video games and simply suppose you’re going to seize a pair within the final 5 minutes.”
Afterward, Shattenkirk concurred.
“We’re at all times enjoying catch up,” he mentioned. “It’s an indication of our begins. We should be easier in our begins, extra detailed. We’re a very good staff after we put pucks in, forecheck and create our offense off of that. However our capability to decide to that’s simply killing us proper now. I don’t know why we’re attempting to go other ways with it and search for one thing totally different after we know we’ve the formulation proper there.”
The sluggish begins have been compounded by the Geese’ quite a few early penalties and a penalty kill ranked thirty first within the league. They took back-to-back minors within the first interval and Verhaeghe scored on the Panthers’ second power-play alternative.
“It’s a killer,” Eakins mentioned. “You’re within the sport, attempting to return again. (Then) we take a slashing name (within the third interval), break a man’s stick in half. It’s not a method to play the sport. Once more, the place we’re at as a staff, we can not take penalties.”
Stated Strome, who additionally had an help: “The NHL is a troublesome league and enjoying catch up towards any staff is difficult. Whether or not it’s a objective towards or penalties, I simply really feel like loads of video games these days we’ve simply shot ourselves within the foot.”
The Geese once more had been with out heart Derek Grant (upper-body damage), who missed his second consecutive sport. Heart Glenn Gawdin, who was recalled from AHL San Diego final week, made his Geese debut. Of be aware, Eakins moved rookie ahead Mason McTavish again to the wing after a three-game stint at heart, noting it was accomplished out of “necessity.” Beforehand, he mentioned he would doubtless be shifting McTavish between the positions.
“I believed he’s been good,” Eakins mentioned. “He definitely understands the place. And I do suppose he – in my eyes – seems extra comfy there than on the wing. However for what we want for our staff tonight, he’s going to begin on the wing. We’re not going to run the staff off of Mason McTavish has to play heart. We’re going to do what’s proper for our staff. We are going to want him to begin at wing tonight. That would change.”