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Cats and Fans Make Opening Week a Huge Success

Monday, 10.10.2005 / 12:00 AM ET / News
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Cats and Fans Make Opening Week a Huge Success

Sellout Crowd and Two Luongo Shutouts Make For An Exciting Return Of Hockey

Sunrise, FL – The National Hockey League announced today that Florida Panthers goalie Roberto Luongo has been named the Defensive Player of the Week, capping off a stellar opening week that saw over 37,000 fans attend a pair of shutout wins at the BankAtlantic Center.

"Opening Week was very special for our franchise," Sunrise Sports & Entertainment chief operating officer Michael Yormark said. "We welcomed our fans back to the building with two big wins and started off our season in impressive fashion."

The Cats opened the 2005-06 season with a 2-0 win over division rival Atlanta in front of a sell-out crowd of 19,250. Then just two nights later, the Panthers sent defending Stanley Cup champion Tampa Bay home with another 2-0 shutout victory. With the win Luongo earned his milestone 25th career shutout, and at present, is the only goalie in the league to record a shutout.

While the fans were treated to some great hockey, they were also treated to some great giveaways including opening night t-shirts, mini Stanley Cups, schedule magnets and the Growl official team program.

The Panthers return to the BankAtlantic Center after a two-game road trip with one of the best records (3-1-0) in the league. They'll face the Boston Bruins on Thursday night at 7 p.m. and come back two days later for a 7:30 p.m. start against the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday, October 15. Fans can pick up copies of the Growl at both contests. And the $8 game-day-only ticket special will be in effect.

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Jagr 79 27 39 23 66
J. Jokinen 81 18 42 25 60
A. Barkov 66 28 31 18 59
J. Huberdeau 76 20 39 17 59
V. Trocheck 76 25 28 15 53
R. Smith 82 25 25 19 50
A. Ekblad 78 15 21 18 36
N. Bjugstad 67 15 19 -8 34
B. Campbell 82 6 25 31 31
B. Pirri 52 11 13 -4 24
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 35 19 6 .922 2.35
A. Montoya 12 7 3 .919 2.18

 
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