Two scoring flurries lead Florida Panthers to season-opening win over Chicago Blackhawks

It took the Florida Panthers some time to get the offense going on Sunday night against the Chicago Blackhawks. That’s to be expected when nearly half of the 20 players on the active roster for the first game of the season are new to the team and there were all of 11 practices and no preseason games to get acclimated with each others. There were the seven new forwards — five acquired in the offseason and two rookies looking for their opportunity to break out in the NHL. At least one new face is on each of Florida’s four forward lines. There were two new defensemen, including one claimed off wa…

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