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Panthers Down Predators 6-3 In Game One Of Double Header

Gudbranson, Upshall net two each to lead Cats to victory.

Monday, 09.16.2013 / 7:10 PM ET / News
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Panthers Down Predators 6-3 In Game One Of Double Header

By Nikki Ghorpade, University of Miami

The temperature in Sunrise is 80s, but in the BB&T Center, it was much cooler despite the excitement for the pre-season opener on Monday afternoon. This was the scene at the BB&T Center as the Florida Panthers took on the Nashville Predators in their first game of a double-header.

The “Hunt for Red October” commenced as the Panthers took the first face-off of a seven-game preseason schedule that culminates with a showdown against cross state rivals, the Tampa Bay Lighting, at home on Saturday, Sept. 28. The real season kicks off on Oct. 3 with a trip to Dallas to face the Stars, and the real draw for fans will be the home opener against Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins on a Friday night, Oct. 11.

The fans in attendance were given a thrill to kick off the pre-season slate as Florida came back from a 3-1 deficit to score five unanswered to win going away, 6-3.

The Zender family came dressed in Panthers’ regalia, including a toddler size Cats jersey for their 1.5-year-old daughter, Emily. The Zenders, originally from Germany, came to South Florida five years ago, but have been fans of hockey, and the Cats, for much longer. Manuela Zender says that before they moved, she made sure that there was a hockey team she could support in the area, otherwise the move would be a no-go. The family hails from Cologne, Germany where former Panthers’ star, Bill Lindsay, played for Kolner Haie in the Deutsche Eishockey Liga. This connection sealed the deal for Manulea becoming a Panthers fan.

During one of the family’s first games at the BB&T Center, when Emily was only 3- months-old, Manuela sported a Kolner Haie jersey and while they walked throughout the arena, Bill Lindsay spotted her, gave a her a big toothy grin and took a picture with the family. Lindsay is in his third season as the Panthers’ television analyst for FOX Sports Florida, with the Zender Family as his avid followers.

Emily Zender may be a first generation American, but she is a second-generation Panthers fan. When asked if she wants to be hockey player one day she yells “Panthers!” and her mother replies, “She can be whatever she wants, as long as she’s a Panthers fan.”

In the game, the Panthers came back from an early deficit and also showed they can bring physicality to the game by laying some bone-crunching hits and dropping the gloves against the opponents. Both Steven Pinizzotto and Tony Turgeon displayed their pugilistic skills in brawls with various Predators players, which got the fans up from their seats and wanting more Nashville blood.

After an early Nashville goal (44 seconds in) the Panthers got on the board thanks to the man advantage. Forward Scottie Upshall scored on a powerplay with assists from his defensemen Colby Robak and Erik Gudbranson, respectively, six minutes into the contest. Nashville managed to put up two more goals after the Panthers first blood, to hold the 3-1 advantage after one period of play but from the second period onwards, goals rained in from Panther sticks. Gudbranson scored two of his own, and Upshall managed to card a goal midway through the third period, helping seal the deal for Florida and bringing and auspicious feeling for the fans. Tryout forward Brad Boyes stuffed home a goal from the doorstep with seven and a half minutes to play and Quinton Howden netted the final goal of the game with 4:21 left on the clock.

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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 WSH 49 36 9 4 161 110 76
2 FLA 51 31 15 5 141 112 67
3 TBL 51 29 18 4 137 118 62
4 NYR 51 28 18 5 146 132 61
5 BOS 51 27 18 6 149 136 60
6 NYI 49 26 17 6 134 121 58
7 DET 51 25 18 8 125 130 58
8 NJD 52 26 20 6 117 118 58
9 PIT 50 25 18 7 129 128 57
10 CAR 53 24 21 8 129 141 56
11 PHI 49 23 18 8 117 128 54
12 MTL 52 24 24 4 137 141 52
13 OTT 52 23 23 6 142 164 52
14 TOR 50 19 22 9 116 134 47
15 BUF 52 21 26 5 119 137 47
16 CBJ 54 21 28 5 135 168 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Jagr 48 16 21 12 37
J. Huberdeau 51 10 27 11 37
A. Barkov 41 15 19 13 34
J. Jokinen 51 9 24 12 33
V. Trocheck 51 17 15 4 32
R. Smith 51 16 15 12 31
B. Pirri 47 10 13 -4 23
A. Ekblad 47 10 12 23 22
B. Campbell 51 4 15 17 19
N. Bjugstad 36 9 8 -3 17
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 23 13 4 .930 2.11
A. Montoya 8 2 1 .931 1.93

 
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