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HELSINKI (AP) -Finnish defender Ville Koistinen scored the winning goal in the shootout, lifting the Florida Panthers past the Chicago Blackhawks 4-3 Friday in their season opener.

Koistinen also scored in regulation, giving the local fans a thrill in the first NHL game on Finnish ice.

Steven Reinprecht also connected in the shootout for Florida.

Chicago's Patrick Kane scored the first NHL goal on Finnish soil, and assisted on another. Another of the Blackhawks' young stars, Jonathan Toews, scored in the shootout.

But Tomas Vokoun stopped Patrick Sharp on the final shot of the shootout for the win.

Chicago took the lead in the shootout as Toews beat Vokoun. But Reinprecht tied it and Vokoun made a strong save on Kane with his left pad.

Koistinen gave Florida the lead and Sharp missed Chicago's last try before 12,056 in the 13,500-capacity Hartwall Arena.

STOCKHOLM (AP) - Paul Kariya scored two goals as the Blues rallied. St. Louis turned it around by scoring three straight goals within a span of 5:05 in the second period.

The comeback started when Paul Kariya got the first of his two goals on the power play, beating goalie Chris Osgood with a shot from the point. The veteran forward scored again at 17:36 to win it, beating Osgood with a shot to the stick side after skating in alone.

B.J. Crombeen had tied the score 3-3 when he knocked in a rebound.

The Blues' win spoiled the homecoming of seven Swedes on the Detroit team.

For the Red Wings, it was almost like home. There were red jerseys all over the building. Detroit was listed as the home team and the pro-Detroit sellout crowd of 13,850 at Ericsson Globe arena gave the Red Wings the biggest ovation during pregame presentations. Detroit is arguably the most popular NHL team in Sweden.

Several hundred fans from the Detroit area made the overseas trip for the game.

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