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Over 32,000 Fans Watch Panthers Hockey In Week Two

Monday, 10.17.2005 / 12:00 AM ET / 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 x - NYR 76 48 21 7 231 179 103
2 x - MTL 77 47 22 8 203 174 102
3 x - TBL 78 47 24 7 250 204 101
4 NYI 77 45 27 5 235 215 95
5 PIT 77 42 24 11 211 194 95
6 WSH 77 42 25 10 227 190 94
7 DET 76 40 23 13 221 208 93
8 BOS 77 39 25 13 204 198 91
9 OTT 76 38 26 12 220 204 88
10 FLA 77 35 27 15 192 210 85
11 PHI 77 31 29 17 202 220 79
12 CBJ 76 37 35 4 210 234 78
13 NJD 77 31 33 13 170 197 75
14 CAR 76 28 37 11 176 208 67
15 TOR 78 29 43 6 204 249 64
16 BUF 77 22 47 8 152 258 52

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Huberdeau 74 13 36 9 49
N. Bjugstad 72 24 19 -7 43
J. Jokinen 76 8 33 -4 41
B. Boyes 74 13 23 10 36
A. Ekblad 76 11 24 10 35
J. Hayes 67 18 14 -6 32
A. Barkov 66 14 17 -3 31
B. Campbell 77 3 23 2 26
B. Pirri 44 21 2 6 23
D. Bolland 48 5 16 1 21
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 26 18 12 .921 2.35
A. Montoya 5 7 2 .888 3.08
 
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