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Panthers pay tribute to Marlins' Fernandez

SUNRISE — A number of Panthers players considered Jose Fernandez their friend. They honored the late Marlins and Alonso High pitcher Thursday before their season-opening 2-1 overtime win against the Devils.

During warmups, the Panthers wore identical No. 16 jerseys with "Fernandez" on the back. They also had special helmet decals with a No. 16 set on a home plate outline with the Panthers' color scheme of blue, red and gold. The entire team signed one of the jerseys to present to Fernandez's family. The Panthers also donated $35,000 to the Jose Fernandez Foundation before the game.

Fernandez, 24, died in a boat crash off the coast of Miami Beach last month.

Florida's Aleksander Barkov scored the winner 2:48 into overtime. Former Lightning forward Jonathan Marchessault had the other Panthers goal.

Game highlights: Brad Marchand became the first Bruins player with five points in a season opener since Hall of Famer and Lightning founder Phil Esposito (Oct. 10, 1973) in a 6-3 win over the host Blue jackets. Marchand had two goals and three assists. … Goalie Al Montoya, starting in place of ill Carey Price, had 30 saves in the Canadiens' 4-1 over the host Sabres. Buffalo wing Evander Kane was taken to a hospital after he slammed heavily into the end boards late in the second period.

Around the league: Kings goalie Jonathan Quick was placed on injured reserve and is week to week with a lower-body injury suffered in Wednesday's season-opening 2-1 loss to the Sharks.

Panthers pay tribute to Marlins' Fernandez 10/13/16 [Last modified: Thursday, October 13, 2016 10:57pm]
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