Reporting Tim Kephart
MIAMI (CBSMiami.com) – The Florida Panthers were concerned about their goalie situation exiting the preseason. After one regular season game, consider the concerns eased.
The Panthers’ Jose Theodore was dazzling in the season-opener in New York. Theodore stopped 27 shots and shut out the New York Islanders, 2-0 Saturday night.
“Everybody came through tonight,” Theodore said. “They were clearing the rebounds (and) I was seeing the puck. We really worked well as a unit. They were letting me see the puck. We were all on the same page.”
Theodore wasn’t the only bright spot for the new-look Panthers.
Stephen Weiss and Jason Garrison both scored to lead the Panthers to victory. Defenseman Brian Campbell also added two assists to help head coach Kevin Dineen win the first game as head coach.
“It’s exciting. It’s exciting as a family,” Dineen added. “There (are) a lot of sacrifices and transitions in this hockey business and they enjoy the win as much (as the coaches and players do).”
The Panthers will look to continue their road success on Tuesday against the Pittsburgh Penguins.
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