David Booth, who scored his first NHL point against Jean-Sebastian Giguere & the Anaheim Ducks on December 12, 2008, got his first NHL hat trick tonight in Anaheim. Booth’s three goals were the only goals the Panthers scored tonight, but they were all Florida needed to beat the Ducks.
Craig Anderson made 44 saves and had a save percentage of 97.8% in the win that broke the Panthers’ 6 game losing streak and ended their 5 game road trip on a positive note. The Ducks out-shot the Panthers 45-26, but Giguere couldn’t hold off enough of their shots. In the Ducks’ last two games, Giguere’s had a save percentage of 82%. The Ducks were all pretty sluggish in their last couple games and it’s clear that they need to do something to get the team going back in the right direction. The crowd at the Honda Center reflected the recent performance. Though the attendance announced was 16,951, there were a lot fewer people at the game.
In other sad news for southern California residents who wanted to watch the game at home, FSN Prime Ticket opted to show the game only in standard definition. Anyone out of the area who has Center Ice could get the game in HD from Fox Sports Florida. Of course, the bright side of the southern CA fans not getting tonight’s game in HD is that they did not have to put up with the “rinkside view” they hate so much. Most people I’ve talked to would choose to watch the game in standard definition the traditional way to watching “rinkside view” in HD, which is a very strong statement. Most HD viewers get spoiled with HD and will choose what they watch partially based on what shows/games are available in HD.