Final

Series (Game 2 of 2)

Series tied 1-1

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

Blackhawks 3

(6-1-0, 12 pts)

Panthers 6

(2-5-1, 5 pts)

7:30 PM ET, September 28, 2006

BB&T Center, Sunrise, Florida

1 2 3 T
CHI 2 0 13
FLA 2 4 06

J. Kolnik (RW):

C. Gratton (C):

B. Mezei (D):

Florida 6, Chicago 3

SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) -- Juraj Kolnik scored two goals and Ed Belfour made 19 saves as the Florida Panthers beat the Chicago Blackhawks 6-3 on Thursday night.

It was the first preseason loss for the Blackhawks (6-1-0) and the second win for the Panthers (2-5-1).

Nikolai Khabibulin made 44 saves for Chicago. After scoring two goals in the first 6:30, Chicago didn't score again until 9:44 of the third when Bryan Smolinski's shot from the left circle beat the 41-year-old Belfour. The Blackhawks only managed to get 22 shots on goal.

Martin Gelinas took a pass from Chris Gratton in front of the crease and pushed the puck past Khabibulin to make the score 6-2 at 15:11 of the second.

Kolnik's second goal of the game had put Florida ahead 3-2 early in the second period. About 3 minutes later, Jozef Stumpel and Nathan Horton each scored power-play goals less than 30 seconds apart to stretch the Florida lead to 5-2.

Trailing 2-0, the Panthers tied the game in the first. Gregory Campbell scored the Panthers' first goal at 11:59. Kolnik got a turnover and his shot from in front beat Khabibulin on the glove side at 15:23.

Chicago scored twice in the first period. Tony Salmelainen's shot from the slot got past Belfour on the stick side at 6:28. Michael Blunden poked in the puck from the right side of the crease at 3:16.

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