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Panthers celebrate chainsaw nun, local heroes at home opener

Team welcomes valuable community members who helped after Hurricane Irma

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NBA great Allen drops puck

NBA great Allen drops ceremonial first puck

NBA great Ray Allen drops the ceremonial first puck ahead of the Panthers' game against the Lightning in Florida

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The Florida Panthers home opener was reserved for celebrating heroes Saturday.

Sister Margaret Ann, the chainsaw-wielding nun who went viral with a video of her cleaning up in full habit in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma in South Florida, headlined the list of heroes honored at the Panthers home opener against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday.

Tweet from @FlaPanthers: Tonight we tell the story of heroes across South Florida, Puerto Rico and the Caribbean who answered the community's call. Thank you. ������ pic.twitter.com/LkF43BiPoR

Tweet from @FlaPanthersCARE: We're proud to welcome more than 1,000 heroes tonight who showed the strength of our community. Thanks for joining us, Sister Margaret Ann. pic.twitter.com/jiwahGQBcE

Sister Margaret was a personal invitee of the Panthers mascot Stanley C. Panther, and she was one of about 1,000 local heroes celebrated by the team for their work in the region after the catastrophic storm hit last month.

Tweet from @FlaPanthers: We are proud to applaud First Responders, local heroes and representatives from organizations who embody the #UniteForFlorida mentality. pic.twitter.com/uMhN8tkzkJ

Not to be left out, Ray Allen, a former Miami Heat hero from two championship teams in 2011-12 and 2012-13, also was on hand to participate in the ceremonial puck drop.

Tweet from @FlaPanthers: Ray Allen stopped by to show that #OneTerritory love at our #FlaPanthers Home Opener. �� pic.twitter.com/Rtz7wkyBQQ

The Panthers rallied for three goals in 2:28 in the third period to win the game 5-4.

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