SUNRISE, Fla. -- After absorbing the most lopsided home-opening loss in BB&T Center history, the Florida Panthers will be looking to give their fans a better performance Monday against the Ottawa Senators.
"It was tough home opener for us," Panthers center Nick Bjugstad said. "Obviously we want to show the fans a little something better than that. It was disappointing for us and the fans. We've got to come out to play, that's the bottom line. We've got to be ready to play in the first period. We weren't ready to play, so that's got to change."
The Panthers (0-1-1) fell behind 4-0 in the first period against the New Jersey Devils on Saturday and ended up losing 5-1. That matched a 4-0 loss against the Chicago Blackhawks on Oct. 3, 2009 as the franchise's most lopsided loss in a home opener, but the latter took place in Helsinki, Finland.
The Panthers had won their next four home openers before Saturday.