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Rats Roundup: Cats finish strong in October, Luongo honored

by Veronica Behonick / @herees_ronnie / FloridaPanthers.com

Roberto Luongo was inducted into the Broward County Sports Hall of Fame, 'Territory Takeover' Saturday Nights at BB&T Center were announced and more! Sit back, relax and catch up on all the latest Cats news!

Cats Rewind

The Panthers finished up their final road trip in October with a 2-1-1 record. The team earned points in 10 of 13 games - including a stellar eight-game point streak.

Additionally, their three regulation losses are currently tied for fifth-fewest in the league.

For the last game of the October road trip, the Panthers took on the Colorado Avalanche at the Pepsi Center on October 30. Down 3-1 late in the third period in Colorado, the Panthers came back to tie the game and force overtime, where Jonathan Huberdeau scored his second goal of the night just 29 seconds into the extra frame to secure a 4-3 win over the Avalanche on Wednesday night.

"We don't need to panic," Huberdeau said of the comeback. "Even if we're down two goals, we're focused. We're that kind of team. We're good. We know we can come back every game."

To read more on Wednesday's win, check out Jameson Olive's Five Takeaways HERE.

After ending the first month of the season with four straight games on the road, the team will now return to BB&T Center to kick off a home-heavy November schedule against the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday - the first of eight games they'll be playing on home ice that month.

"Now we're going to have a little stretch at home," Huberdeau said, cracking a big smile. "It's going to be good to be under the sunshine a little bit."

Tickets for Saturday's game are available HERE.

Broward County Sports HOF Goaltender

On Tuesday, October 29, Panthers legendary goalie Roberto Luongo was inducted into the Broward County Sports Hall of Fame. The ceremony, presented by Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau Sports Development Office, honors and recognizes Broward County residents that have set the standard of excellence and positively affected our county through sports and athletic involvement. Fans on the Suite level of BB&T Center can see the wall of former inductees to the Broward County Sports Hall of Fame.

Luongo, 40, retired from the National Hockey League on June 26, 2019, ending a 20-year playing career. He ranks second in NHL history in games played by a goaltender (1,044), third in wins (489) and ninth in shutouts (77). He is one of only three goaltenders in NHL history to have played 1,000 NHL games. He is a long-time Parkland resident and continues to support this local community and residents of South Florida.

Tweet from @FlaPanthers: Congrats to #FlaPanthers Roberto Luongo for being inducted into the @visitlauderdale Broward County Sports Hall of Fame! pic.twitter.com/Q3h1QBhK8J

On March 7, 2020 the Panthers will retire Luongo's No. 1 jersey when the team hosts the Montreal Canadiens at BB&T Center. Luongo will become the first Florida Panthers player in franchise history to have his jersey number retired. Read more HERE.

Fans can purchase tickets to the March 7th game HERE.

Territory Takeover Saturdays

Starting on Saturday November 2, the Panthers will celebrate 'Territory Takeover' Nights at BB&T Center. The initiative aims to spotlight various local regions with special opportunities for residents and highlights of what that area has to offer. Each night's city focus will allow fans with a valid resident ID to receive special pricing at all Coca-Cola and participating concession stands. Fans 21 and up can show their ID at the Coors Light Cold Zone to receive special pricing on domestics.

Fans in attendance and at home can also show their Territory Pride and support the Florida Panthers Foundation by purchasing a ticket at the 50/50 'Split the Pot Raffle.' Click here for ticket information. For Saturday home games, the pot will be guaranteed to be at least $25,000.

Those at the game are also encouraged to post which part of South Florida's territory is their own with #OneTerritory utilizing special themed Snapchat filters and keeping an eye out in the crowds for prominent fans and celebrities who call those regions home.

For more information, click HERE

For the first 'Territory Takeover' night on November 2, the Florida Department of Mobile Vehicles mobile truck will be on site inside main doors for fans to purchase Florida Panthers License Plates. A portion of the proceeds benefits the Florida Panthers Foundation. Show your Panthers pride all year long with a special license plate honoring the team's namesake. Fans will need to bring their registration, tag number, insurance information and driver's license in order to purchase.

Tweet from @FlaPanthers: Fans that attend the Nov. 2 game can purchase a special #FlaPanthers license plate at @thebbtcenter! 🎟 >> https://t.co/lGA1KpIAct pic.twitter.com/wB4f2rfh5O

Puck and Pints Beerfest

The Florida Panthers will host their annual 'Pucks & Pints' Beerfest presented by Funky Buddha Brewery on Saturday, November 30 at BB&T Center when the Panthers host the Nashville Predators. The biannual event features beer samplings from local breweries, live music, giveaways and more. This event will conclude when doors open to the general public at 6 p.m.

Three ticket options are available for fans to purchase:

- VIP Entry - $115 which includes a club endzone ticket to the Panthers vs. Predators game, early access into the beer garden at 3 p.m, parking, $20 loaded ticket for food and beverage and more.

- General Admission - $65 for an upper level ticket to the game, access to beer garden at 4 p.m and parking. Both ticket options include a 4oz sampling mug.

- Student Rush (ages 21 & up) - $35 which includes a student rush ticket to the game, access to beer garden starting at 4 p.m and 4oz sampling mug.

In addition, Season Ticket Holders will have a $25 presale option until Nov. 29, 2019. This ticket includes early access to the event starting at 3 p.m.

Tickets are available HERE.

Territory Talk - Jessica Blaylock Breaks Down 8-Game Point Streak

Doug Plagens, Jameson Olive and FOX Sport Florida's Jessica Blaylock take a good look back at Florida's eight-game point streak on this week's edition of Territory Talk, presented by Baptist Health. Listen in as the trio discuss Wednesday night's matchup against the Colorado Avalanche, with several audio clips and insights from interviews conducted within the Panthers locker room.

Quick Hitters

- Jameson Olive takes a look back at the Cats hot October.

- Florida Panthers acquired Forward Jack Rodewald from the Ottawa Senators.

- A set of goals set a Panthers record this week:

Tweet from @PR_NHL: Aaron Ekblad, Brian Boyle and Noel Acciari combined for three goals in the first 2:36 of the second period, the fastest three goals to start a period in @FlaPanthers history. #NHLStats: https://t.co/aVOQX30kld pic.twitter.com/Fd9PHV9Wn4

- On Monday, the Panthers extended their partnership with Broward Health.

- Happy Birthday, Monty! The goalie celebrated his birthday on Wednesday.

Tweet from @FlaPanthers: HAPPY BIRTHDAY SAM MONTEMBEAULT������🎉🎂 pic.twitter.com/KUbw6FeJAL

- Trick or Treat! Stanley C. Panther and the ROAR Corps visited the Sylvester Cancer Center!

Tweet from @FlaPanthersCARE: Trick or treat! 🎃 @StanleyCPanther & @ROARCorps stopped by @SylvesterCancer alex���s place this morning! pic.twitter.com/u7okIkl865

- The Panthers celebrated National Cat Day this week.

Tweet from @FlaPanthers: We're big fans of #NationalCatDay 😺 Go Cats! pic.twitter.com/XoTS7GggjF

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