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The Panthers take top spot in NHL after beating Blue Jackets again

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Florida Panthers goalie Chris Driedger gets congratulated after a win during the 2021 NHL season at BB&T Center in Sunrise. Driedger was back in net Sunday and helped lead the Panthers to their fifth victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets this season. // Photo by Roger Topalian, 21st Century Photography (561) 488-0000

Fans of the Florida Panthers were not heard leaving the BB&T Center following Sunday’s win over the Blue Jackets chanting “We’re No. 1!”

And why would they have been?

How about, for the time being anyway, it’s true.

By beating Columbus 3-0 on Sunday, the Panthers won their sixth consecutive game and not only took sole possession of first place in the Central Division but in the entire NHL.

Heading into Monday, no NHL team outside of Broward County has 56 points.

Days like these don’t come around here too often.

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”I think the harder you work, the more fun you’re going to have,” Joel Quenneville said after the game. “Playing the right way is the result of working hard. The game is all about winning, and that’s the fun part.”

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