What a thrilling victory by the Panthers in the opening game of the season. Down three different times in the contest, they fought back each time to force the game into overtime and eventually the shootout before earning a 4-3 victory thanks to Ville Koistinen, Steven Reinprecht and Tomas Vokoun.
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Give us your predictions on the score and your Win, Place & Show on which "horses" will be the 3 Stars.
James - I love the Panthers, but I think it'll go 4-2 Hawks. 3 stars are Toews, Kane, Vokoun.
Natasha - 1. frolik 2. booth 3. vokoun
Dave - 3 stars, Booth, Kane, Vokoun
The Panthers have officially announced that Randy Sexton is the new General Manager of the club.
LBC - Excellent call, Cats. He's earned it.
Mark - Congratulations, Randy -- very well deserved.1st PERIOD
Jason - Just keep firing away at Huet, one will get in.
Arlanne - Cats are dominating the ice. I'm Feeling the Growl!
Mike - it should be at LEAST 2-0 panthers right now... go go go go!!!INTERMISSION
Panthers - "...the Florida Panthers are really taking it to Chicago so far this game." - Brian Engblom.
Shaun - need to finish those chances
Ana - Campbell should've had that easy goal!2nd PERIOD
Kane scores out of the penalty box. On a breakaway he found the puck, all by himself and makes a great move, sweeping to the backhand and lifting it past Vokoun.
Jon - whatever, ain't nothing to stop the Panthers on the prowl! GO CATS!
Tom - Panthers had plenty of chances but just couldn't seal the deal.
Jeremy - 20 cent got us
Panthers on their heels since the goal. A long shift and a lot of pressure ends with Allen smartly icing the puck. Coach DeBoer calls a time out. He's not liking the last few shifts since the bad break.
Matthew - Frolik!!!!
Reinprecht with a nice move in the corner, a sick pass to a breaking Frolik, who makes an extra move and buries it past a stunned Huet. Versus are complimenting Coach DeBoer for calling that time out. In Pete We Trust!
Matthew - Good timeout. GO CATS!!
Matjaz - nice goal!
Michael - FROLIK!!!!!!!!!!!
Jose - SICK GOAL
Stillman with a couple massive hits on the shift after the goal!
Matthew - Chicago looking pretty good
Panthers - Byfuglien is still a huge concern - he's running around and not taking names.
Early Save of the Night/Week/Month candidate as the Hawks trade cross-ice passes and Vokoun desperately slides across and flashes the leather with a huge save!
Mike - What a freakin save
Matt - Vokoun is taking a beating!!!!! Come on Panthers let's give him a hand out there
Joshua - Vokoun flashing the leather
Rodrigo - IT WAS PRETTY SICK!
Horton sends Boooooooth in all alone. He wires it off the crossbar! So close!
Samantha - GO CATS!!! ♥ GO BOOTH ♥
Filippo - Cheers from Italy and looking forward to come to see the cats live in Broward in about two weeks2nd INTERMISSION
Panthers - Versus' Engblom is ripping the Cats for not knowing Kane was coming out of the box on the Hawks goal. "A young team that needs to learn those lessons." Jones offers some highlights of Campbell saying he could hit 20 this season.
Mike - do i really have to watch Cindy Crosby on every intermission? i think i just threw up in my mouth
Dave - I'm just glad to hear the announcers giving the panthers some much needed respect.3rd PERIOD
3rd period starts. Vokoun with a HUGE save, sliding across to keep it tied!
Violet - Vokoun is amazing!
Hawks score! Byfuglien scores on the rebound after a 2-on-1 with Kane. Kane's shot hits the crossbar and lies in the crease where the Blackhawks power forward buries it. 2-1 Chicago.
Erik - BOOOOO! we need to clean up that trash
Mike - dislike option
Huge break for the Cats! Too many on the ice during the Hawks power play! Turning point?! Things were looking bleak there as Vokoun was saving bacon with some huge saves.
Mike likes this.
Mike - WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO 2-2
SCORES! 2-2! KOISTINEN IS HUGE IN FINLAND! He charges in from the point and rips one into the top corner past a helpless Huet! The crowd goes wild and he acknowledges the crowd!
Jason - Goal call from Moller, wayyyyyyy better than the first goal. "He shots, he SCOOOORRRRRRESSS! Royale with cheese!"
Carol - It was awesome!!!
Janne - awesooomeee Ville!!!!
David - YEAAAAHHHHH!!!
Sharp scores for Chicago! A scramble in front of the net and T-Vo is not helped out by his defence and Sharp swoops in and scores.
Mike - arggggggggggggggggggh
Stuart - *dislike*
Erik - WHOOO MADE UP WITH THAT SAVE! NICE VOKOUN!
SCORES!! 3-3! Guess who?!
Alexander - booth?
Jeremy - BOOOOOOOTH
Adam - BOOOOOTH
Erik - SICCKK GAME!!! BOOOOOOOOOOTH WHAT A SHOT!! I LOVE THE CELEBRATION! HAHA
Mario - daviiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiid boooooooooooooth yeah
Rob - gotta love the sliding on the knees arm pumping celebration by BOOOOOTH
Craig - ya baby
Danny - BOOOOOOOOTH!!!!!!
Ka - boooooooooooooooooth!!!!!!!!!!!!
Jeremy - oh yeah boooooth
Michael - BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOTH!!!!!!!
Peter - Booooth!!!!
Janne - awesomeeeee match here in Finland guys!!!!
David - BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOTH BABY!!! He shoots and scores top shelf where Mrs' Moller keeps the cookies!!!
Jose - Booooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooth!
Ryan - Booooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooth!!!!!!
Deric - BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOTH!!!!!
David - DAVID BOOOOOTTTTHHH!!!!!!!!!SHOOTOUT
SHOOTOUT! Will this year be different?! We've added some guys who have had success! Who would you pick?
Rob - I'd pick Sharp, Toews, and Kane =[
Michael - idc about the past. its all about the present and future. cats you guys got it.
Alexander - tell me whats happeneing guys
Panthers - Vokoun ends up with 52 saves on 55 shots!! Holy cow! Toews to shoot first
Michelle - Vokoun! He'll do MUCH BETTER during this season's shootouts. I just know it.
Panthers - Toews scores.
Panthers - Reinprecht scores!!!
Stu - OK VoKoun.....YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Panthers - Kane! Stoned by Vokoun!
Panthers - KOISTINEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Michael - holy crap, that was pretty
Stuart - YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Rob - im confused.. did we just win a shootout?
Panthers - BOOK IT!
Michael - PANTHERS.... WINNNNNN!!!!!!!
Diana - AND THE PANTHERS WIN!!!!!!!!
Rich - I must be reading this wrong. Cats won in a shootout? You're kidding!POST-GAME
KOISTINEN THE HERO! Panthers win in the shootout! I repeat, the Cats win in a shootout! DO YOU BELIEVE?! FEEL THE GROWL! (Chicago did!)
Janne - woooooooooooooooooooooooow!!! Awesome Koistinen!!!!
Stephen - paaannntttthhheeerrrrsss!!!!
Hakiim - yeahhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!!!!!
Matthew - Cats win cats win!
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