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Panthers Vs. Devils, 2012 NHL Playoffs Game 7: New Jersey Breaks Through Early For 1-0 Lead

The Florida Panthers trail the New Jersey Devils, 1-0 after the first twenty minutes of their Game 7 matchup in Sunrise. The Cats outshot the Devils through the first period but could not break through against Martin Brodeur. New Jersey opened the scoring early, when Adam Henrique notched his first playoff goal just a minute and a half in to the game. Henrique took a nice feed from Anton Volchenkov to beat Jose Theodore for an early lead.

Florida would have two power play chances during the first period but went 0 for 2. The Cats will look to keep the pressure up in the zone and break through to tie it up in this evenly matched series. They've come from behind in far smaller deficits, and they'll hope to stop the Devils' momentum right out of the first intermission.

For more news, analysis, and discussion on the Panthers' playoff push, visit Litter Box Cats. For the opponent's perspective throughout the series, head over to In Lou We Trust. For all your hockey news and notes and more on each playoff series, keep up with SB Nation's dedicated NHL hub.

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