The Florida Panthers have given New Jersey Devils goalie Martin Brodeur a shellacking in the last two games, so much so that he was pulled from Game 3. But the Devils aren’t ready to move on from Brodeur just yet.
The Florida Panthers took their first step towards the Stanley Cup Sunday night when they finally won their first home playoff game in the last two decades. The Panthers playoff victory was the team’s first since April 17, 1997 against the New York Rangers, or 5,478 days.
Stephen Weiss scored the first two playoff goals of his career, Jose Theodore stopped 23 shots and the Panthers got their first playoff victory since April 17, 1997, topping the New Jersey Devils 4-2 on Sunday night to even the first-round series at a game apiece.
Friday is the day Florida Panthers fans worried would never come. The Cats will open the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs with a first-round matchup with the New Jersey Devils at the Bank Atlantic Center on Friday the 13th.
First, the Florida Panthers made it to the NHL playoffs for the first time in a dozen years. Now, they do it as division champs, a win against the Carolina Hurricanes Saturday night giving the Cats their first division title in team history.
The last time the Florida Panthers made the playoffs, you could buy gas in South Florida for a buck and a half a gallon and the team’s home ice was in Overtown, not west Broward. But at last, the Panthers are back in the Playoffs, and tickets went on sale Saturday.
Sports fans may not believe it, but the Florida Panthers are the hottest professional team in South Florida. The Panthers’ latest victim Monday night was the New Jersey Devils.
The Florida Panthers had a devil of a time Sunday at Sunrise when New Jersey wrested a win in a 2 – 1 win over them.