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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.

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"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 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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