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Bucs offensive coordinator Todd Monken has a message for quarterback Jameis Winston: Stop trying so hard.

The thing is what Ive seen Youth Michael Dickson Jersey , irrespective of the physical stuff on the field, lets not try so hard, Monken said Thursday, via Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times. Hes got natural leadership qualities. A toughness about him. Guys want to follow him. Its OK to fail. Hes human. Its OK to be hurt. Its OK to have that side of you. Lets just go. You dont have to try so hard. Guys will follow you. Just be yourself.

Monken said part of what he is referring to is Winstons pregame rah-rah stuff. Winston also has been known to pick fights with opponents.

I think the best way to put it is that in our league, theres so much pressure put on the coaches and that one position, Monken said. Nobody gets the credit either way for winning or losing than the quarterback or the coaches. Thats fine. Thats the way it is. OK, no one is going to blame Mike Evans for why we havent made the playoffs. Thats part of it. We get that. That doesnt mean we all dont want to win. I think the main thing is, OK Jameis, be yourself. You dont have to try so hard. The guys know naturally youre our leader.

When youre hurt and youre not winning and you want to so bad. . . . I think youve seen it. I dont have to expand on it.

Entering his fourth season, and with one Pro Bowl appearance and no postseason games, Winston faces a prove-it year as Dan Orlovsky referred to it earlier this week.

SUNRISE, Fla. The Nashville Predators have already set a franchise record with 113 points.

Now the Predators (51-17-11), who visit the Florida Panthers (40-30-Cool on Tuesday night at the BB&T Center Customized Chicago Bears Jerseys , have their sights set on a new goal.

With three games remaining, they have a chance to win their first Presidents Trophy, given to the team that leads the NHL in points.

A Predators win on Tuesday would also give them their first division title in franchise history, taking the Central.

Filip Forsberg, a 23-year-old center from Sweden, leads the Predators with 61 points in 64 games. Even though he has missed 11 games with a hand injury and three because of a suspension, he is within four points of breaking his previous career best in that category.

I want to be one of those guys who makes a difference for my team, Forsberg told The Tennessean. That doesnt have to be on the scoreboard, but Im more than happy if it is.

While the Predators are happy, the Panthers are nervous because what was a 75 percent probability of a playoff berth just two weeks ago is now a long shot.

According to, the Panthers were down to just a 6.7 percent chance of making the playoffs before Mondays thrilling 3-2 win over the visiting Carolina Hurricanes.

Defenseman Alex Petrovic scored the go-ahead goal with 7:58 left in the third period to key the win at the BB&T Center. It was just his second goal of the season.

It doesnt come too often, Petrovic said of his goal. But it was a big goal and a big win. Were trying to get some wins in the last week of the regular season. We have to keep pushing.

Certainly, it should help that the Panthers will be back at the BB&T Center on Tuesday. The Panthers are 13-3 in their past 16 games at home.

Another trend in Floridas favor is that Authentic Stephen Johns Jersey , since the All-Star break, it leads the NHL in points by defensemen.

Normally, the Panthers get defensemen points from Keith Yandle, Aaron Ekblad and Mike Matheson.

On Monday, however, it was Petrovic and rookie MacKenzie Weegar. Weegars goal was the second of his career and his first since Oct. 20.

It has been awhile since I scored, Weegar said. (Jared McCann) made a heads-up play, dropped the puck back to me, and I put it in the back of the net. I was happy to contribute.

The Panthers will take it because they need every victory they can get. This was Floridas 40th win of the season, just the fifth time in franchise history they reached that milestone.

The win also gave the Panthers 88 points, five behind the idle New Jersey Devils in the battle for the last wild-card playoff berth in the Eastern Conference.

Florida has four games left in the regular season. New Jersey has three.

Its very intense, Weegar said of the playoff race. We are fighting for every inch. Were not going to stop until the last game.
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