Originally written on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 1/19/13
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 of the fans before the game even started. "I walked on the ice about 45 minutes before the game, and it was a madhouse," Dineen said. "That filters down. The players feel the buzz. What a turnout we had, and fortunately I think we put out an entertaining show." The entertainment started early as the Panthers scored four goals in the first period, including three on the power play. 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 r...
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