Stephen Weiss' long time home inside the Panthers' arena now has a new occupant as Mike Santorelli has moved in.

Santorelli admits it is strange to be in Weiss' old spot at the front of the locker room at BB&T Center but after scoring his first goal of the season Tuesday, he hopes to put down roots in that location.

"Maybe it brought me a little luck,'' said Santorelli, who notched his first NHL goal of the season Tuesday.

"It's a change, but sometimes change is good right? It's nice to get this first goal, it took a little bit, but it's something I haven't been thinking about. I'm just trying to let the game come to me.''

Santorelli, in the final season of a two-year deal, was placed on waivers after training camp but started the season with the Panthers.

A healthy scratch for three of the first five games, Santorelli was sent to AHL San Antonio where he found his scoring touch with two goals and five points in seven games.

"I had a lot of fun down there, played to my strengths,'' said Santorelli, who has played in seven of eight games since being recalled Feb. 19.

-- Shawn Matthias had about as pretty a goal as there is Tuesday as he used the skating and puckhandling skills everyone raved about when he went strong up the middle and went around defenseman Mark Stuart before firing a wrister past Ondrej Pavelec.

"It was just reaction," Matthias said. "When you play like that, you just let your body take over and hope it works. It did. It felt good.''