The Florida Panthers ended one of the longest playoff droughts in major North American sports Thursday night despite a 4-2 loss to the Washington Capitals, who also earned a postseason bid to complete the eight-team field for the Eastern Conference.
The Florida Panthers were all set to break out the champagne and celebrate the team’s first playoff berth in more than a decade, then the Winnipeg Jets finally showed up for Tuesday’s game and put the celebration on ice.
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.
The Florida Panthers hockey team chose the perfect time to tie a streak not seen since 2008. Saturday’s victory over Buffalo gave the Panthers their fourth consecutive win, tying a 2008 streak, but more importantly, padded the team’s lead in the Southeast division.
With just more than a month to go in the NHL’s regular season, the Florida Panthers have positioned themselves to fight to the last game for the chance to win the Southeast Division title.
Coming off a three-game winning streak, all the Florida Panthers had to do Wednesday night was knock off the Ottawa Senators at the Bank Atlantic Center.
The Florida Panthers had two goals Tuesday night, beat the Washington Capitals and stay in first place in the Southeast Division. The only problem is they couldn’t do either one of them.
Playing with a sense of urgency usually attached to a playoff game, the Washington Capitals needed only 13 seconds to take the lead in their first-place showdown with the Florida Panthers.
When the Florida Panthers take the ice Tuesday night against the Washington Capitals, it’s not a stretch to say the game is a must-win for the Cats.
Mikael Samuelsson had two goals and the Florida Panthers beat the Washington Capitals 4-2 on Wednesday night.