Originally written on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 1/19/13
SUNRISE, Fla. -- The Florida Panthers scored four goals in the first period, including three on the power play, and cruised to a 5-1 victory Saturday night over the Carolina Hurricanes. It was the Panthers' first four-goal period since Dec. 17, 2010, when they blitzed Buffalo in the opening 20 minutes. Saturday's outburst was made extra special since it was the season-opener. On a night when the Panthers raised their first-ever 2012 Southeast Division championship banner, the team got contributions from a wide variety of sources. The heroes ranged from a teenager to someone more than twice his age. It started with just 3:37 elapsed as center Jonathan Huberdeau, who was making his NHL debut, announced his arrival. The 19-year-old rookie, who was the third overall pick in the 2011 draft, parked in front of the net, received a pass from Peter Mueller and one-timed it for a goal he won't soon forget. New Panthers winger Alex Kovalev, 39, who signed a one-year deal on Friday,...
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