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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 MTL 63 41 17 5 171 139 87
2 NYR 62 39 17 6 196 153 84
3 NYI 64 41 21 2 205 179 84
4 TBL 64 38 20 6 210 171 82
5 DET 61 35 15 11 180 159 81
6 PIT 62 36 17 9 181 155 81
7 WSH 64 34 20 10 188 159 78
8 BOS 62 31 22 9 165 161 71
9 FLA 63 28 22 13 154 178 69
10 PHI 63 27 25 11 168 183 65
11 OTT 60 27 23 10 171 163 64
12 NJD 63 26 27 10 141 164 62
13 CBJ 62 26 32 4 160 196 56
14 CAR 62 24 31 7 144 167 55
15 TOR 63 25 33 5 170 193 55
16 BUF 63 19 39 5 123 212 43

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
N. Bjugstad 63 22 16 -8 38
J. Huberdeau 60 9 27 4 36
J. Jokinen 62 6 28 0 34
A. Ekblad 63 10 23 8 33
B. Boyes 61 11 21 9 32
J. Jagr 59 12 19 -9 31
J. Hayes 54 17 10 -5 27
B. Campbell 63 3 20 3 23
A. Barkov 52 10 12 -4 22
T. Fleischmann 52 7 14 12 21
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 23 16 11 .920 2.40
A. Montoya 5 6 2 .891 2.98
 
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