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Florida Panthers enter Christmas break with momentum

The Panthers said their goodbyes Monday night as the team split up for the Christmas break. They did so with smiles on their faces and momentum on their side. With wins in four of their past six and eight in 13, the Panthers are in the thick of the playoff race closing in on the halfway point. "I like where we're at," coach Gerard Gallant said, "but we have to keep going. ... We have 50 games left. We have a long way to go." On Monday, Florida held a 3-1 lead on the battered Penguins yet watched Pittsburgh score two quick goals to force overtime. In the shootout, Roberto Luongo and Marc-Andre Fleury battled through six scoreless rounds. Luongo made the seventh...

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