December 2, 2011 9:45 am

The view from Florida

Goal scoring is suddenly a problem for the Florida Panthers, who have totaled eight goals in their last five games. Of course, in last night’s loss to the Kings they were also without first-line winger Kris Versteeg, and they nearly got at least one point thanks to a strong effort from goalie Jose Theodore in particular. Do you agree with Panthers coach Kevin Dineen, that the Panthers “thoroughly outplayed’’ the Kings? Here’s how The Miami Herald and the Sun Sentinel covered last night’s game, followed by some additional postgame quotes from the Panthers’ locker room…

The Miami Herald blog

Sun Sentinel blog

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COACH KEVIN DINEEN
(on the game recap…) “We thoroughly outplayed them. They were trying to run around and chase us and hack us and slash us. When you are getting outplayed as badly as they were, that’s the response. We walk out of here feeling very good about the way we played and we move forward from there.’’

(on the goaltending…) “Goaltending was a strong point at both ends of the ice. There was plenty of opportunities and their goalie [Jonathan Quick] certainly got them a couple of points and Theo [Jose Theodore] gave us every chance to win.’’

(on the physicality of the game…) “We didn’t need to get physical. All they were trying to do was cross=check and they [the referees] let a lot of things go late in the game. When you are outplaying a team by a wide margin, you stick with what was working for you and they had a real tough time handling our speed.’’

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STEPHEN WEISS
(on the game…) “We had great chances all night. … It was one of our better efforts but they just weren’t going in for us tonight.’’

(on the goaltenders…) “They were both awesome. Theo was fantastic again for us. He kept us in it when he had to and obviously their goalie played well as well and made some big saves and we didn’t have the answer for them.’’

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