Final OT

Series (Game 1 of 1)

Florida leads 1-0

Game 1: Saturday, December 3rd

Blackhawks 3

(10-14-2, 22 pts)

Panthers 4

(9-14-4, 22 pts)

7:30 PM ET, December 3, 2005

BB&T Center, Sunrise, Florida

1 2 3 OT T
CHI 0 0 3 03
FLA 2 0 1 14

O. Jokinen (Panthers - C): Goals: 1, Assists: 2

N. Horton (Panthers - RW): Goals: 2, Assists: 0

R. Luongo (Panthers - G): Saves: 35, Save Pct.: .921

Chicago (10-14-1) at Florida (8-14-4) 7:30 pm EST

Chicago (10-14-1) at Florida (8-14-4) 7:30 pm EST

SUNRISE, Florida (Ticker) -- After picking up his Stanley Cup championship ring on Friday, goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin gets back to work for the Chicago Blackhawks.

Khabibulin is expected to be in goal Saturday as the Blackhawks look to snap a four-game road losing streak against the Florida Panthers.

After leading the Tampa Bay Lightning to the 2004 Stanley Cup title, Khabibulin signed with Chicago as a free agent in August. He returned to Tampa Bay on Friday for the first time since leaving the Lightning but did not face his former team.

Brent Seabrook and Mark Bell scored for Chicago in a 3-2 shootout loss to the Lightning. The Blackhawks have scored more than two goals just once in their last five contests.

After its recent 12-game losing streak, Florida has won twice in its last four outings and moved ahead of last-place Washington in the Southeast Division.

Nathan Horton scored after missing 10 games with a sprained knee and Stephen Weiss and captain Olli Jokinen also recorded goals to lead the Panthers to a 3-2 triumph over the Capitals.

Defenseman Steve Montador could make his Florida debut after being acquired from Calgary for right wing Kristian Huselius on Friday.

The teams have not faced each other since skating to a 2-2 tie February 29, 2004. Florida has won just 18 meetings against Chicago.