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Sam’s Club Re-Opens: Florida Panthers 4, Chicago Blackhawks 3



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SUNRISE — The Florida Panthers welcomed star rookie Connor Bedard to Amerant Bank Arena on Sunday.

And he lived up to every bit of hype he has received so far.

The 18-year-old scored two goals, but the Panthers got the last laugh in a 4-3 win.

Sam Reinhart did not disappoint either, continuing his hot start to the season with a two-goal, four-point performance of his own.

He outshined the other Sam — Sam Bennett — who did not get on the scoresheet in his return to the lineup from a lower-body injury.

Reinhart finished the afternoon tied for second in the NHL in goals with 11.

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Reinhart also helped start things up with an assist just 39 seconds into the game.

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He found Oliver Ekman-Larsson on a nice tic-tac-toe play seconds after the opening draw.

Jason Dickinson tied the game up 7:04 into the first with a shot that dribbled through Sergei Bobrovsky’s five-hole.

Reinhart and Bedard took over after that.

Florida’s leading scorer got things started there, deflecting a Matthew Tkachuk shot past Arvid Soderblom with 8:07 to go in the first.

Uvis Balinskis nearly got his second of the game with 2:06 to go in the first but it was waved off as Reinhart was determined to be interfering with Soderblom on the play.

Bedard then scored on a wide-angle shot 1:10 later to tie the game.

Reinhart gave the Panthers the lead back seven minutes into the second period.

Bedard then re-tied it with a quick goal off the rush 1:16 later.

Carter Verhaeghe got on the board, putting a Reinhart rebound past Soderblom on the power play 2:44 into the third to restore Florida’s lead.

That goal marked the first time the Panthers scored multiple power play goals in a game through 14 games in the 2023-24 season.

They finished 2-for-4 on the night.

The Panthers’ penalty kill stayed hot, too, killing off all three Chicago power plays with relative ease.


  • Panthers 1, Blackhawks 0 (0:39, 1st): Oliver Ekman-Larsson tapped in a feed from Sam Reinhart on a quick tic-tac-toe play from the top line.
  • Blackhawks 1, Panthers 1 (7:04, 1st): Jason Dickinson stuffed in a rebound that dribbled through Sergei Bobrovsky’s five-hole.
  • Panthers 2, Blackhawks 1 (11:53, 1st, PPG): Reinhart deflected a Matthew Tkachuk shot past Arvid Soderblom on the power play.
  • Blackhawks 2, Panthers 2 (19:04, 1st): Connor Bedard stripped Kevin Stenlund of the puck and beat Bobrovsky with a wide-angle shot.
  • Panthers 3, Blackhawks 2 (7:00, 2nd): Reinhart banked a shot off the back of Soderblom’s leg for his 11th goal of the season.
  • Blackhawks 3, Panthers 3 (8:16, 2nd): Bedard scored his second of the game with a quick wrist shot off the rush.
  • Panthers 4, Blackhawks 3 (2:44, 3rd): Carter Verhaeghe put a Reinhart rebound past Soderblom on the power play.


1. Sam Reinhart, Florida

2. Connor Bedard, Chicago

3. Oliver Ekman-Larsson, Florida



  • When: Tuesday, 10:30 p.m.
  • Where: SAP Center; San Jose, Calif.
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  • Last season: Florida won 2-0
  • This season — Florida Leads 1-0: @Florida 3, San Jose 1 (Oct. 24); @San Jose, Tuesday
  • All-time regular season series: Florida leads 22-13-1, 7 ties
  • Up Next for the Panthers: Thursday at Los Angeles Kings, 10:30 p.m. (BSF)

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Cats and Leafs

Score was closer than the game should have been. Panthers were dominant most of the game and should have had a few more power plays on penalties not called. Bedard kept Chicago in a game they didn’t deserve to be in.


No doubt, we’re seeing something special. He’s going to be this generations Crosby, eventually with maybe even with more skill.??


Totally agree. Also, Bob should have had that goal that squeaked between his pads. Also, we had another goal waved off on the ice for a ridiculous “goaltender interference” call where the goalie came out of his crease and bumped into our man, then flopped on the floor like a fish out of water. He should have won an award for that one.

Michael Harris

Agree on Bedard. The last 5 or 6 minutes were scary. The Cats could not get the puck out of their zone — except some icings

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