Panthers turn it up a notch

Updated: April 16, 2012, 1:57 AM ET
By Wes Goldstein | Special to ESPN.com

SUNRISE, Fla. -- Apparently, those just weren't just typical pregame words being drawn specifically for this occasion from the book of common athlete clichés.

Then again, if it was to be expected that the Florida Panthers would say all the right things about needing a better start after an embarrassing opening-game effort, it was perhaps a bit of a surprise that would actually be able to pull it off.

And yet the Panthers managed to do precisely that. Florida jumped into the lead before ...

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