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Over 32,000 Fans Watch Panthers Hockey In Week Two

Monday, 10.17.2005 / 12:00 AM / News
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Over 32,000 Fans Watch Panthers Hockey In Week Two

Cats Reach First Place In Southeast Division After Win Over Sabres

SUNRISE, FL – The Southeast Division-leading Florida Panthers' thrilling 3-2 home victory over the Buffalo Sabres Saturday evening capped off a stellar week that saw over 32,000 fans come to the BankAtlantic Center for two exciting hockey games.

"Thanks to the continuous support of our fans, our second week of hockey was as tremendous as the first," Sunrise Sports & Entertainment chief operating officer Michael Yormark said. "The excitement in the building is palatable during games. We hope that with the help of our wonderful fans and the continued growth of our franchise we can continue that excitement all season long."

On Thursday, Oct. 13, the Panthers skated furiously to erase a 3-0 deficit to the visiting Boston Bruins by scoring two straight second period goals that ignited the crowd of 15,617. Juraj Kolnik and Nathan Horton were the goalscorers, though eventually Boston prevailed, 5-2.

But it was only two nights later, against the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday, Oct. 15, that the Cats got back on track.

With NHL commissioner Gary Bettman in the house and 17,426 fans lending their support, the Panthers and Sabres were tied 2-2 in the third period until Florida captain Olli Jokinen scored the game-winner with just 1:07 remaining. Horton and veteran wing Martin Gelinas also scored for the Cats while G Roberto Luongo made 32 saves.

With the win the Panthers improved to 4-2-0 with eight points on the season, good for a first place tie with in-state rival Tampa Bay.

The Panthers follow a two game road trip at the New York Rangers and New Jersey Devils with a two-game home stand at the BankAtlantic Center. The Cats will face rookie stud Alexander Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals on Thursday at 7 p.m. before welcoming Dany Heatley and the Ottawa Senators on Saturday at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets for the Washington and Ottawa games are still available at all Ticketmaster outlets and the BankAtlantic Center box office. The special $8 game day only tickets will be in effect, but fans should keep in mind that season ticket packages starting as low as $7 per game are still available by calling 954-835-PUCK. Fans will be able to pick up copies of the Growl at both contests.

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 TBL 50 31 15 4 163 132 66
2 MTL 47 31 13 3 127 108 65
3 NYI 48 32 15 1 157 135 65
4 DET 49 28 12 9 145 128 65
5 PIT 49 28 13 8 145 125 64
6 WSH 48 25 14 9 144 124 59
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 PHI 50 21 22 7 139 151 49
11 TOR 50 22 24 4 144 155 48
12 OTT 47 19 19 9 129 134 47
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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