SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) -- Not long after the Florida Panthers paid tribute to their past, Jonathan Huberdeau offered a glimpse of their future.
Huberdeau's first NHL shot resulted in his first NHL goal and opened an early Florida scoring barrage, as the Panthers unfurled their Southeast Division championship banner and went on to ease past the Carolina Panthers 5-1 in the opener for both clubs on Saturday night.
Jose Theodore stopped 41 shots for Florida. Huberdeau finished with a goal and two assists, as did linemate Alex Kovalev, who's played in 1,302 more games than the highly touted rookie forward.
Defenseman Bryan Campbell scored twice for the Panthers, who matched a franchise record with four first-period goals -- more than they posted in any period of any game since Dec. 17, 2010.
"Huberdeau, for his first NHL game, has been great," said newly minted Panthers captain Ed Jovanovski.
The 19-year-old opened the floodgates, for certain.
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