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Kids Day in Sunrise ... Atlanta Thrashers @ Florida Panthers ... Special Blogger: Annie

Annie2 Greetings and salutations from the Big Billboard in Sunrise where the Panthers are playing a rare Saturday afternoon home game against the Thrashers from ATL.

First off, same lineup as the past two games; Tomas Vokoun in net, Nasty Nick and Noah Welch both healthy scratches.

Panthers have gone all out with their Kids Day festivities, and there are a lot of kids in the building today.

One of those kids is my niece Annie. Here's what she has to say:

The Panthers are looking very good right now. I like coming to the games and seeing them play. Everything is great up here. It's an amazing view. I like everything they've had. I like the mascots, everything. It was neat seeing Stanley come out of the roof. No one knew he was there. He just floated down out of the sky magically. That was neat. I laughed when Sebastian the Ibis slipped on the ice. That was funny. He's a bird. He shouldn't like ice. That's why he slipped.

Thanks Annie. More from here -- as well as a special Goldie Report from Jake Goldstein later.

Appears we have to amend the 'no cheering in the press box rule.' Kids like to clap.

-- Annie's expert analysis: ''No. 17 [Ilya Kovalchuk] looks like a real ball hog. All that guy wants to do is score.''

-- Annie's take on the first period: ''They scored three goals and I thought they played awesome. I liked the penalty shot. That was amazing. He's really fast. What's his name again? Oh yeah, Frolik. And the kids playing the mascots on the ice was really funny. The kids were good. It was all fun. The mascots tried hard. This is a lot of fun.''

OK, we're back to the second period. Panthers lead 3-1. Goals by Michael Frolik, Jay Bouwmeester and a another shorty by Radek Dvorak.

-- Annie on the second: ''They didn't do so good there. Two goals for the other team. I think they should stick together as a team, keep passing the puck together and be a team. If they can put it together, they can make it. They can win the game if they want to. Just like I said before. You have to work as a team if you want to get it right. Also, thanks to the Panthers for letting me come to the game. I've had a really good time. Thanks for the goodie bag. I got a lot of neat stuff.

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