The last time the Panthers visited Ottawa they were a zombie team mired in a seven-game losing streak that had just gotten their coach fired. That was the careful-what-you-wish for situation that Peter Horachek walked into on Nov. 9 for his long-awaited first game as a head coach in the NHL. "You could feel that they weren't a very confident team. They didn't believe at that point, so that was a tough situation," Horachek said Wednesday. The Panthers return to the Canadian capital on Thursday riding their first four-game winning streak since 2012. That they have climbed to the fringe of playoff contention by winning six of the past seven is a testament to the dramatic transformation since losing Horachek's debut 3-2. The losing streak would reach nine before gaining traction that has them 10-8-1 since the coaching change. Impressive as that is, it has not yet gotten the interim tag removed from Horachek's title.
Horachek has Panthers contending, but interim label remains
Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel | Dec 18