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Panthers GameDay LIVE! Florida Panthers 4, Chicago Blackhawks 3 (FINAL-SO)

HELSINKI -- The puck has dropped on another season as the Panthers are taking on Chicago at Helsinki's Hartwall Arena.

Click on the link below to read today's LIVE! chat from section 102 at the Areena.

Here, in a nutshell, is what happened:

Florida never held the lead in this game and came back to tie the score three different times, the final time coming when David Booth scored with 2:21 left.

After a scoreless overtime, one in which Tomas Vokoun made five of his 52 saves, the Panthers went 2-for-2 in the shootout with Chicago getting one shot past in three attempts.

Ville Koistinen was the homeland hero and first star of the game; Koistinen, playing on the fourth line, scored Florida's second goal to make it 2-2. He also scored on the second shootout shot. Steve Reinprecht got the first one. Jonathan Toews scored in the shootout for the Blackhawks.

Scoring for Florida -- Goals: Michael Frolik, Koistinen, Booth and Koistinen gets credit for the game-winner. Assists: Reinprecht, Dennis Seidenberg, Cory Stillman, Frolik.

Tomas Vokoun made 52 saves and Pete DeBoer says he goes again tomorrow.

More later.

-- Patrick Kane gives CHI a 1-0 lead @ 5:19 of the second; Michael Frolik ties it @ 13:01...

-- Chicago takes lead in third off goal from Dustin Byfuglien off rebound @ 3:52...

But Ville Koistinen gets a loud cheer from the Finnish crowd when he pops one in from the right circle @ 7:29 to tie 'er up. It's a new ballgame folks...

And Patrick Sharp unties it, giving Chicago the lead back at 11:36 of the third...under six minutes left...

David Booth ties the score again with 2:21 left in the third period with a great shot from the left circle...almost at the one minute mark now...