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Huberdeau shines in season debut, Smith receives huge hit from Manson

Florida Panthers v New York Islanders - Game Six

NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 24: Jonathan Huberdeau #11 of the Florida Panthers watches his shot go in the net at 18:58 of the first period against the New York Islanders as he is checked by Travis Hamonic #3 in Game Six of the Eastern Conference First Round during the 2016 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Barclays Center on April 24, 2016 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

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Hot take: the Florida Panthers’ 2-1 win against the Anaheim Ducks will be overshadowed by news surrounding owner Vincent Viola. Just a hunch.

Still, it was a pretty memorable night for the Panthers on the ice, too.

Jonathan Huberdeau showed why he’s been so sorely missed on Friday, scoring what ended up being the game-winning goal in his first game of the season.

Friday ended up being an up-and-down experience for Reilly Smith. On one hand, he scored Florida’s first goal of the evening. On the other, Josh Manson delivered this huge hit on Smith, which didn’t draw a penalty:

At the moment, it seems like Smith is OK, so it ended up being a pretty positive night for the Panthers overall.