Found January 19, 2013 on Fox Sports Carolinas:
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. Only a few minutes afte...
THE BACKYARD
BEST OF MAXIM
RELATED ARTICLES

Kovalev, Huberdeau bridge age gap for Panthers

(Eds: With AP Photos.) By TIM REYNOLDS AP Sports Writer Alex Kovalev's first NHL appearance came before Jonathan Huberdeau was born. For that matter, it even predates the first game in Florida Panthers' history. He's a tad experienced, to put it mildly. At 39, with his name already etched on the Stanley Cup and with 429 goals - and counting - to his credit, there isn...

Huberdeau debuts strong, Panthers top 'Canes

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...

Panthers cruise to rout of Hurricanes behind rookie Huberdeau

SUNRISE, Fla. -- If Florida Panthers fans were upset at the team because of the NHL's long lockout, those feelings never showed Saturday night. There was a sellout crowd of 19,688 in the house, and the constant barrage of goals by the home team kept Panthers faithful happy in a 5-1 win over the Carolina Hurricanes. Panthers Coach Kevin Dineen said he could feel the energy...

Panthers 5, Hurricanes 1

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...

Panthers come out firing in season opener

SUNRISE, Fla. -- The Florida Panthers opened their season with a subdued banner raising. They waited until the puck dropped to set off the fireworks. Florida began its defense of the Southeast Division title Saturday night, unleashing its revamped second line of Jonathan Huberdeau, Peter Mueller and Alex Kovalev on the unassuming Carolina Hurricanes. The trio combined for two goals...

Rookie forwards impress in first NHL weekend

The kids were all right during the first weekend of the NHL season. Rookie forwards made their mark as teams got back to work.Here are some young gunners who could do some real damage this season:Jonathan Huberdeau, C, Florida Panthers: He scored twice in the season opener, setting aside doubts about his ability to function as a 19-year-old in a big boy league. Huberneau toyed with...

Canes look to take home opener against the Bolts

Ward defending against FLA's Jonathan Huberdeau (AP) RALEIGH – The Carolina Hurricanes are looking to erase an “Opening Day” loss to Florida in their home opener. The Canes take on the Tampa Bay Lightning at PNC Arena Tuesday night. Puck drops at 7:00pm. This will be the first of five meetings between the Southeast Division rivals in the 48-game, 2012...
NHL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.