The Florida Panthers’ first playoff run in more than a decade is creating a buzz about hockey not seen in South Florida since rats were raining down on the ice in the 1990’s.
There are seven teams in the four major professional sports that haven’t been to the playoffs in the last decade. That list could shrink to six teams if the Florida Panthers beat the Winnipeg Jets Tuesday night.
Ilya Bryzgalov has been the goalie of the month in the NHL. Scott Clemmensen was easily the goalie of the night, and that was all the Florida Panthers needed to stretch their lead in the Southeast Division.
The Florida Panthers needed to get hot coming into the final month of the season to stay in first place in the Southeast Division. Luckily, the Panthers have seemingly hit their stride as the regular season winds down.
The Florida Panthers needed some time to get up to full speed against the Ottawa Senators. Marcel Goc, Krystofer Barch and Mikael Samuelsson scored second-period goals and the Panthers rallied to beat the Senators for the first time in 10 games, 4-2 on Sunday night.
Mike Santorelli scored twice Tuesday night as the Florida Panthers handed the sinking Maple Leafs a 5-3 loss, an all-too-familiar outcome for fans in Toronto.
It was a special night for Stephen Weiss even before he scored twice. Weiss led the Florida Panthers to a 4-2 victory Sunday against the Montreal Canadiens after he was honored for becoming the franchise leader in games played.
Wojtek Wolski was a member of the New York Rangers when he woke up on Saturday morning. By the end of the day, he was a hero for the Florida Panthers.
The Minnesota Wild finally won a shootout. Matt Cullen and Erik Christensen scored in the tiebreaker to lift the Wild to a 3-2 win over the Florida Panthers on Thursday night.
Mikael Samuelsson had two goals and the Florida Panthers beat the Washington Capitals 4-2 on Wednesday night.