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Cats and Fans Make Opening Week a Huge Success

Monday, 10.10.2005 / 12:00 AM / 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.

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 MTL 48 32 13 3 128 108 67
2 DET 50 29 12 9 149 129 67
3 TBL 50 31 15 4 163 132 66
4 NYI 49 32 16 1 158 139 65
5 PIT 49 28 13 8 145 125 64
6 WSH 49 25 14 10 144 125 60
7 BOS 49 26 16 7 131 123 59
8 NYR 46 27 15 4 135 111 58
9 FLA 46 21 15 10 114 129 52
10 OTT 48 20 19 9 136 136 49
11 PHI 50 21 22 7 139 151 49
12 TOR 50 22 24 4 144 155 48
13 CBJ 47 21 23 3 119 148 45
14 NJD 49 18 22 9 110 137 45
15 CAR 48 17 25 6 104 125 40
16 BUF 50 14 33 3 94 179 31

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
N. Bjugstad 46 16 13 -1 29
A. Ekblad 46 7 21 6 28
J. Huberdeau 43 9 17 1 26
J. Jokinen 45 4 21 -3 25
B. Boyes 44 10 12 2 22
J. Hayes 38 13 7 1 20
S. Bergenheim 35 8 9 2 17
A. Barkov 35 5 10 -5 15
B. Campbell 46 3 11 -1 14
D. Kulikov 41 1 13 -3 14
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 18 11 8 .920 2.42
A. Montoya 3 4 2 .891 2.96
 
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