Final OT

Series (Game 1 of 2)

Series tied 1-1

Game 1: Thursday, September 21st
Panthers2Final
OT
Blackhawks3
Game 2: Thursday, September 28th
Blackhawks3Final
Panthers6

Panthers 2

(0-3-1, 1 pts)

Blackhawks 3

(2-0-0, 4 pts)

8:30 PM ET, September 21, 2006

United Center, Chicago, Illinois

1 2 3 OT T
FLA 0 1 1 02
CHI 1 1 0 13

CHICAGO 3, FLORIDA 2 (OT)

CHICAGO (AP) -- Bryan Smolinski scored his second goal 46 seconds into overtime to give the Chicago Blackhawks a 3-2 preseason victory over the Florida Panthers on Thursday night.

Jim Vandermeer also scored for the Blackhawks. Rostislav Olesz and Denis Shvidki scored for the Panthers (0-4).

Nikolai Khabibulin made 27 saves for Chicago (2-0) in his first preseason action.

Smolinski ended the game when he took a loose puck off the boards, skated to between the circles and beat Florida goalie Craig Anderson to his glove side with a slap shot. Anderson made 31 saves for the Panthers.

Smolinski was acquired along with left wing Martin Havlat from Ottawa in the three-team trade that sent Mark Bell to San Jose. Havlat made his Chicago debut Thursday, skating 28 shifts and putting two shots on goal.

The Blackhawks went up 2-0 with two power-play goals. With a two-man advantage in the first period, Smolinski took a pass from Jeff Hamilton at the red line and flicked in a shot that ricocheted off Anderson's blocker four minutes into the game.

The second power-play goal came in the second period when Hamilton took a pass from Rene Bourque and zipped a pass to Vandermeer, who sent a one-timer from between the circles.

Florida's goals game in the closing minutes of the second and third periods.

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