With all of the success the Florida Panthers have had this season — from being the highest-scoring team in the NHL to clinching a playoff berth with 13 games remaining — it’s easy to forget those days when things were not as good.
Ten years ago today, the Panthers were celebrating like a team who were all-too-familiar with the failures of their franchise’s immediate past.
On April 7, 2012, the Panthers knew they were in the playoffs by virtue of a loss in Washington a few nights before.
Florida’s loss to the Capitals — combined with a Buffalo Sabres loss — meant the Panthers’ NHL record 12-year postseason drought was finally over.
But on this night, the Panthers had a chance to make a little history.
With the Carolina Hurricanes in town, Florida was ready to put a lot of demons behind them.
And they did.