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Most Memorable Moments for the Florida Panthers in 2023

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Matthew Tkachuk reacts after scoring the game-winning goal against the Carolina Hurricanes in the waning seconds of Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Eastern Conference finals on Wednesday, May 24, 2023, in Sunrise. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

The calendar year of 2023 was perhaps the most memorable in Florida Panthers history.

After all, they won a franchise-record 61 games — including 13 in the playoffs as they made a Cinderella run to the Stanley Cup Final as an eighth seed.

A ton of memories were made along the way.

For a team that entered the calendar year of 2023 outside the playoff race, a lot of important moments needed to happen. ”

With the Panthers back in Las Vegas tonight, this seems like a perfect time to look back at them.

To get a real feel on which one of these moments meant the most, I asked for your opinion on Twitter.

And boy, you delivered.

Let’s get into the highlights of your answers.

Attached are the accompanying FHN stories so you can properly enjoy them:

Top 5 Moments of the Year

  1. Matthew Tkachuk’s game-winner in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Final
  2. Carter Verhaeghe’s OT winner in Game 7 vs. Boston 
  3. Tkachuk’s game-tying goal + Verhaeghe’s OT winner in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final 
  4. Nick Cousins’ OT winner in Game 5 vs. Toronto + Radko Gudas’ celebration 
  5. Dramatic Game 5 win vs. Boston 
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The Florida Panthers celebrate after defeating the Boston Bruins on a goal by Carter Verhaeghe in overtime of Game 7 on Sunday, April 30, 2023, in Boston. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

Top 5 Most Memorable Players of the Year

  1. Matthew Tkachuk 
  2. Carter Verhagehe 
  3. Alex Lyon 
  4. Sergei Bobrovsky
  5. Radko Gudas 
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Florida Panthers goaltenders Alex Lyon and Sergei Bobrovsky celebrate a win over the Washington Capitals on April 8, 2023. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Most Memorable Playoff Series

  1. ECF vs. Carolina Hurricanes 
  2. Round 1 vs. Boston Bruins
  3. Round 2 vs. Toronto Maple Leafs
  4. Stanley Cup Final vs. Vegas Golden Knights
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Florida defenseman Radko Gudas leads his team in the postgame handshake line following the Panthers’ win in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference semifinals on May 12, 2023, at Scotiabank Arena. (Photo by Gavin Napier/Icon Sportswire)

Most Memorable Regular Season Games

  1. Jan. 28 vs. Boston
  2. March 29  vs. Toronto
  3. April 7 vs. Ottawa
  4. April 9 vs. Washington
  5. Feb. 6 vs. Tampa (plus accompanying mascot skirmish)

ON DECK

FLORIDA PANTHERS @ VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS

  • When: Thursday, 10 p.m.
  • Where: T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas
  • TV/Streaming: Bally Sports Florida, ESPN+
  • Radio: WQAM 560-AM, WPOW 96.5 FM2, WBZT 1230-AM (Palm Beach); WCTH 100.3-FM (Florida Keys); SiriusXM
  • Panthers Radio Streaming: SiriusXM 932, NHL app
  • Season Series (Panthers Lead 1-0) — At Florida: Panthers 4, Knights 2 (Dec. 23). At Vegas: Thursday.
  • Last Regular Season: Even 1-1
  • All-time Regular Season Series: Golden Knights lead 6-4-1
  • Postseason History — 2023 Stanley Cup Final: Vegas d. Florida 4-1
  • Up Next for the Florida Panthers: Saturday at Colorado, 4 p.m.

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