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Positively A Big Win

Sunday, 10.20.2013 / 12:00 PM ET
By Steve Goldstein - / From The Booth
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It was a much needed win for the Panthers Saturday night. Playing at home following a pair of one goal losses, they desperately needed some positives to fall back on. The 2-1 shootout win against Minnesota was just what the doctor ordered. For the second game in a row the Panthers tied the game after trailing in the 3rd period as second overall pick Aleksander Barkov redirected Tomas Fleischmann's power play shot past Josh Harding.

Positive 1. Tim Thomas looked like his Vezina winning self from two years ago.

Positive 2. Jonathan Huberdeau (shootout game-winner) and Barkov scored, again showing these two young forwards are stars in the making.

Positive 3. They proved they're a much better shootout team than year's past.

Positive 4. Thomas's attitude. Before the game he told his teammates, "I'm tired of losing." The guy is legit in every way.

Positive 5. Now 1-1 on the season-long 6-game home stand.

The Panthers prepare for the defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks as they face off Tuesday night. They'll need all hands on deck to beat Chicago but if they can pull out a win, the positive vibes will really be flowing.

We start the coverage at 7 p.m. Tuesday on FOX Sports Florida, with face off at 7:30 p.m. It will be interesting to watch Thomas, who has now stopped 67 of 71 shots over the last two games, face Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane and the rest of the Blackhawks. is the official Web site of the Florida Panthers. Florida Panthers and are trademarks of the Florida Panthers Hockey Club, Ltd. NHL, the NHL Shield, the word mark and image of the Stanley Cup and NHL Conference logos are registered trademarks and NHL Draft name and logo are trademarks of the National Hockey League. All NHL logos and marks and NHL team logos and marks as well as all other proprietary materials depicted herein are the property of the NHL and the respective NHL teams and may not be reproduced without the prior written consent of NHL Enterprises, L.P. Copyright © 1999-2016 Florida Panthers Hockey Club, Ltd and the National Hockey League. All Rights Reserved.