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Oct 6, 2006

SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) - Todd Bertuzzi wasted little time making a good impression on the Florida Panthers.

Bertuzzi had a goal and three assists - his first four-point night since Feb. 25, 2003 - in his Florida debut, and Joe Nieuwendyk had two goals and an assist as the Panthers opened the season with an 8-3 win over the Boston Bruins on Friday night.

Alex Auld, who came to the Panthers with Bertuzzi in the off-season trade that sent all-star goalie Roberto Luongo to Vancouver, stopped 34 shots for Florida.

Mike Van Ryn, Juraj Kolnik, Nathan Horton, Chris Gratton and Olli Jokinen also scored for the Panthers, who outscored Boston 4-1 in the third period. Ruslan Salei, Rostislav Olesz and Jozef Stumpel each had two assists for the Panthers.

Marco Sturm had a goal and an assist, Glen Murray and Wayne Primeau each had a goal and Zdeno Chara added two assists for Boston, which has two wins in its last 11 season openers.

The Bruins cut the deficit to 3-2 early in the second period on Murray's goal, but the Panthers scored the next four to take control. Nieuwendyk tapped in a centring pass from Bertuzzi at 9:01 of the second for a 4-2 lead, then scored again at 1:23 of the third period.

Nieuwendyk's goals gave him 561 for his career, pushing him past Guy LaFleur for 19th on the NHL's career list.

Horton got a power-play score at 6:34, then set up Gratton for the goal that knocked Bruins goalie Tim Thomas out of the game at 8:21. Thomas stopped 27 of 34 shots, before being relieved by Hannu Toivonen - who allowed Jokinen's goal with 4:56 left.

http://www.nhl.com/nhl/app?articleid=280678&page=NewsPage&service=page
 
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