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LIVE! From Calgary, it's Florida Panthers hockey

CatscalgaryCALGARY -- Yeah, that's an old photo, but it's all I can work with up here. Can't get my camera phone to send through Canadian wireless.

So you're stuck with a picture of David Booth (wearing No. 46) celebrating in front of former Florida goalie Jamie McLennan.

The rest of this post will be fresh, I can assure you.

Sitting high above the Saddledome in a chilly Calgary, Alberta, where fall is in full swing. The leaves have already begun to change colors and it's going to be cold enough tonight to set records if we were in South Florida.

It's 8:28 MiaTime, and the two teams have taken to the ice for the first time this preseason. Calgary in its usual home reds, Florida in its road whites. Todd Bertuzzi is on Calgary's first line tonight, and he has given up his usual No. 44 in exchange for for a No. 7. Says it's in honour (I'm in Canada) of Phil Esposito, whom he grew up idolizing.

More as we go. Must say, it's good to have hockey back.

-- Don't know if it's on in the States, but NHL Network is showing the Kraft Hockeyville game between Buffalo and Montreal right now. We have 4:50 left in the second, Habs up 1-0. Check 'er out if you have the means...

STARTING LINEUPS -- FLA: Campbell, McLean, Dvorak, Bouwmeester, Cullimore, Anderson. CAL: Bertuzzi, Iginla, Backlund, Sarich, Regehr, McElhinney.

-- The Anthems are done -- and done well, actually -- and we're ready for hockey.

GAME ON -- GAME ON -- GAME ON

-- Panthers on their first power play of the preseason less than two minutes in...

-- Youngster Keaton Ellerby getting his shot on Florida's second PP rotation...

-- Bo just popped in a puck only ref Ed Hochuli had already blown the play dead...Panthers on three-second 5-on-3, so, an extended power play...

-- FYI: The game is being streamed live by Calgary's 690 the Team. Good folks over there. Link is in a post below...

-- Panthers have 17 seconds left in extended PP; have six shots while with the advantage, but alas, no goals...

-- Jassen Cullimore takes Florida's first penalty of the preseason.. Calgary on PP at 6:20...

-- Craig Anderson looks to be in midseason form...dude making some serious stops...

--Frolik just had a good scoring chance, only he couldn't handle the puck...the young kids looking good out here...and Andy just made another sweet save...

-- And the Panthers go back on the PP, Brett McLean drawing the penalty....we have 7:01 left here in the opening quarter...just kidding, I'm in hockey mode...

-- This sucks: Calgary Hitmen play host to the Edmonton Oil Kings here tomorrow night. Should I go cover the Panthers in Edmonton, or sit in the stands and root on my Oil Kings? Tough one, yep.

-- Booth, Weiss, Bo, Olesz and Murph on Florida's opening PP unit...

-- Booth just takes penalty eight seconds in...we're even at 4-on-4..

-- Panthers back on the PP, 3:55 left in the opening period...

-- DEmpiresportswriter_2on't forget, On Frozen Pond goes LIVE! throughout the preseason -- save for the Islanders game on Prince Edward Island on Saturday night. So don't forget to check back on an hourly basis throughout CanadaWeek.

--Calgary putting on a nice shorthanded charge, getting Murph to take a penalty at 2:24. 4-on-4 for 29 seconds, then Calgary PP..

--We're through one complete here in Calgary, with no score. Shots even as well, nine apiece...

--Oh my: New sandwich at Tim Hortons is a Bagel BLT. Look's like me and Steve X are hitting the Timmie's in Red Deer tomorrow. Glad I scored that Timmie's gift card this morning.

-- Ready for the start of the second...

-- Bryan McCabe not dressed tonight FYI

--PANTHERS GOAL -- DAVID BOOTH AT 1:18 OF THE SECOND PERIOD...SHOVELS IN THE PUCK OFF A BLOCK...PANTHERS 1, FLAMES 0

--Repik heads to the box, Calgary PP at 2:15....

--Eating my first popcorn of the season at 4:35 of the second...

--Rusty drives the net...no go...good look though...

-- Marlins lose again tonight, FYI

-- FLAMES tie it up; Dustin Boyd top shelf past Craig Anderson at 13:02 of the second...tied 1-1

--Culli goes to the box for the second time tonight, this time for holding w/ 1:43 left in the second.

--Iginla makes Florida pay for that one, scoring with 44.2 seconds left in the period. Also, top shelf. So, it's Calgary 2, Florida 1

-- End of two periods in Calgary, Flames 2, Panthers 1

-- Of Florida's 17 shots tonight, seven by Weiss-Booth-Frolik. Frolik has three of those seven...

-- PS: Keep up the banter on the comment section...good stuff coming from all around...I'm enjoying the comments...let's all plan to meet up tomorrow night, cool?

--Anthony Stewart with a big chance..he's playing very aggressive...me thinks he's out of JM's doghouse (finally)...

-- Panthers back on the power play at 2:12 of the third...holding the stick your call...

-- Anderson still in net...good thing too...Andy makes two more nice saves as the Flames kill off the penalty quite successfully...

-- Larman heads to the box, he'll do two minutes and feel shame...Calgary on the PP at 5:24

-- Anderson just took a hard shot to the face/neck area off stick off Jamie Lundmark..went down in a heap...he's talking to Dave Zenobi now, fixing his mask...is good to go and is staying in the game. Good to see...

-- Frolik with another good chance..dude is playing well...now Bert flies up the ice, misses...

-- Timeout with 11:43 remaining in the third...both starting goalies still in...

OLESZ CONTINUES HIS STRONG GAME, TIES THE SCORE AT 2 WITH 9:46 LEFT...TAKES A NICE FROM STEWART FROM BEHIND THE NET...FLA 2, CAL 2...

--Panthers 0-for-5 on PP, but getting another chance here...9:06 left...

--Five minutes left...

--JAY BO GIVES FLORIDA THE LEAD ON A SWEET DRIVE AND SHOVEL...3:27 LEFT FLA 3, CAL 2

PANTHERS WIN -- IT'S A FINAL FROM CANADA -- SEE YOU ALL TOMORROW -- GOOD NIGHT AND DRIVE SAFELY...

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