Panthers Join Slapstick Circus; Ballard Gives Vokoun Some Stick

December 1st, 2009 by Robert Young Leave a reply »

As if this Florida team didn’t have problems enough with injuries, goalie Tomas Vokoun suffered a sickening hit to the head from his own teammate in yesterday’s game in Atlanta.

To add salt to the wounds, the Thrashers won the game with five seconds remaining on the clock—to put the Panthers firmly out of their misery.

Yet, it is not the 4-3 loss to Atlanta that boggles the mind on this particular next day of scratching-the-head-time. It is rather: What the hell was Keith Ballard thinking?

How is it possible to miss the goalpost, which he was obviously aiming at, and hit his own goaltender over the head instead—with a vicious whack of the stick?

Yes, we can understand why a player might get frustrated after Atlanta’s star sniper Ilya Kovalchuk had just put the home side 2-1 up in the first period. But, what happened next defies logic: Keith Ballard wildly ...

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