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Panthers Wrap-Up: Panthers 6, Penguins 3

Cats open up home slate of 2013-14 in style.

Friday, 10.11.2013 / 10:16 PM ET / Wrap Up
By Glenn Odebralski  - FloridaPanthers.com
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Panthers Wrap-Up: Panthers 6, Penguins 3
Fri
10/11/2013
6-3
1 2 3 OT T
Panthers 2 2 2 0 6
Penguins 2 1 0 0 3
FLA - B. Boyes (3), K. Versteeg (1), PPG - J. Huberdeau (2), PPG - A. Barkov (2), T. Fleischmann (1), PPG - B. Boyes (4)
PIT - E. Malkin (1), C. Adams (3), P. Dupuis (1)
  
   

SUNRISE, FL —  (NHL.com) - On a night when they celebrated their past, the Florida Panthers' future played a major role in winning their home opener.

Youngsters Jonathan Huberdeau and Aleksander Barkov scored power-play goals 1:06 apart in the second period to break a 2-2 tie and help the Panthers snap a three-game losing streak with a 6-3 victory against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Friday night.

FULL RECAP
 
"Right now I'm definitely feeling good. It's about opportunities and when you get them, capitalize on them. That's something when things go well and you're scoring the goals like I was in years past, you're getting those bounces and pucks are finding you. It's been good that it's been happening so far."

- Forward Brad Boyes.
 
1. A Home Start: Finally kicking off the home slate of the season, the Panthers unveiled a lot on Friday night. South Florida fans got their first chance to see rookie Aleksander Barkov and the newly signed veterans live and in person. And then there was the unveiling of the brand new state-of-the art scoreboard. A celebration of the 20th Year anniversary, the Panthers gave their fans a great start, scoring twice in the first 9:10 of the game. It started less than two minutes in when Brad Boyes scored off the feed from Tomas Fleischmann, scoring on a wrist shot 1:55 into the game. Pittsburgh tied the game off an Evgeni Malkin shot but Kris Versteeg reclaimed the Panthers lead less than five minutes later.

2. Answering The Penguins Answers: Like the night before where Tampa Bay had an answer every time Florida scored, the Panthers turned the table on the Penguins and had an answer for the visitors. Craig Adams tied the game before the first period was over but the Panthers answered once again, thanks to the power play. Getting their first power play goal of the season the previous night, the Cats struck for two on the man advantage 1:06 apart. First it was Jonathan Huberdeau batting in a Versteeg shot off the rebound 7:08 into the second on a 5-on-3 advantage. Then Barkov scored his second of the season, scoring off Paul Martin's leg from the goal line. 

3. Opening Night Win: Pittsburgh made it a 4-3 game when Pascal Dupuis scored on a drop pass from Sidney Crosby with 12:13 gone in the second period, causing for some tense moments but Jacob Markstrom shut the door the rest of the way coming up with some great saves to keep the Pens from tying the game and the Cats sent the home fans home with a victory as they added two more goals in the third. Fleischmann followed up on his own rebound on the rush 6:27 into the third and then Barkov sent a pretty cross-crease pass to Boyes for his second of the night with 34 seconds remaining.
 
Memorable twitter posts from the game.

@BlueLiner55: I just got home and I feel so happy. Thank you @FlaPanthers for a great home opener. :-)

@AbsolutTwilight: Thanks for the great memories @FlaPanthers I can’t believe we it’s been 20 years. Thanks for having Rob and Brian on hand tonight!

@KatieeCooook: The @FlaPanthers made my night

@darthyvbc10: Best game yet! :D @FlaPanthers

@meadowsm: @FlaPanthers win!!!! Big 6-3 W over the Penguins. Great game by Boyes and Fleisch #Flapanthers #NHL instagram.com/p/fWh59MCMyF/

 
Memorable fan posts from the game.

Mike Olmeda: Way to win! And with Markstrom in net!

Patrick Tague: THIS is the team i hope we see the rest of the year.

Gregory Cordero: Great win!! let's keep it rolling Panthers!

Glenn Hunt II: Great job Cats on your home opener. Keep up the hard work! #WeSeeRed

Tino Perez: Great win and a good way to bounce back lets keep this up
 

2. The Panthers power play was clicking Friday night as they went 2-4 on the man advantage.

3. Signed just before the season, Brad Boyes was expected to add offense to the front end. The former 43-goal scorer has done that early, scoring in his third straight game. Boyes got the scoring started 1:55 into the game.

10.
 What a night for the trio of Tomas Fleischmann, Aleksander Barkov and Brad Boyes. The line combined for 10 points with Fleischmann picking up four points (1-3-4), and Barkov adding three (1-2-3) and Boyes netting three points (2-1-3).

64.
 While the night finished out well for the hosts, the Panthers didn't fare well in the face-off circle as the Pens won 64% of the draws. Only Shawn Matthias (5-of-9) finished with a winning face-off percentage of Panthers that took more than one shot.

66. It took Florida four games to score their first power play goal of the season. They tripled that amount with two goals in 66 seconds in the second period as Jonathan Huberdeau and Barkov netted their second of the season. 

 
Tomas Fleischmann
A lot of good choices to choose from but Tomas Fleischmann had a hand in four of the Panthers goals, helping set up three and scoring the fifth of the night.

1 Goal, 3 Assists, 4 Points, 6 Shots, 19:15 TOI
 
 
The Panthers get the day off before getting back at it in a Sunday matinee against the Los Angeles Kings. Los Angeles is two years removed from hoisting the Stanley Cup and returned to the Western Conference finals last summer before falling to Chicago. Los Angeles won 2-1 on Friday night in Carolina as Jeff Carter scored the game-winner in the shootout.

Author: Glenn Odebralski | FloridaPanthers.com

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Jagr 79 27 39 23 66
J. Jokinen 81 18 42 25 60
A. Barkov 66 28 31 18 59
J. Huberdeau 76 20 39 17 59
V. Trocheck 76 25 28 15 53
R. Smith 82 25 25 19 50
A. Ekblad 78 15 21 18 36
N. Bjugstad 67 15 19 -8 34
B. Campbell 82 6 25 31 31
B. Pirri 52 11 13 -4 24
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 35 19 6 .922 2.35
A. Montoya 12 7 3 .919 2.18

 
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