Who is ready for us to finish our countdown of the top 10 moments from the Panthers 2011-2012 season? If all goes according to plan we should be able to reveal the #1 moment on Monday, but that depends if we can get everything together for our big surprise in time. It is looking like that will be the case but only time will tell for sure. Before getting to the top moment though we still have to reveal #2 on our list.
This next moment is going to go down as one of the greatest comebacks in franchise history, especially considering the circumstances. As everyone knows by now before this season the Panthers failed to make the playoffs for over 12 years, so it is understandable that the majority of “outsider” fans would write off the Cats in their first round series against the New Jersey Devils. After splitting the first two games in Sunrise it was up to Florida to make a statement on the road in game 3. They did just that in one of the greatest games in franchise history.
#2 – Deja vu, Florida completes another comeback against the Devils (April 17th, 2012)
Moment #2 on our countdown is very similar to #7, with the only difference being the setting. Florida quickly fell behind 3-0 in the first period, just like they did in November’s game against the Devils. Then, as the game progressed, the Cats found their groove and made an amazing comeback, just like they did in November’s game against the Devils. The difference this time around is that the Panthers managed to pull off the difficult task in game 3 of the Stanley Cup playoffs in New Jersey. With help from Sean Bergenheim, Jason Garrison, Mike Weaver, Brian Campbell, and most importantly Scott Clemmensen, the comeback Cats were able to claw their way back for the win, sending everyone in attendance at the Prudential Center home in shock.
Of course we all know what happened after game 3. The Devils currently trail the Los Angeles Kings 3-1 in the Stanley Cup final while the Panthers anxiously await the start of next season, knowing that they gave the Eastern Conference champions a harder time than any other conference opponent. If this season was a preview of things to come then Panthers fans have every right to be excited about the future of their team. We speak for all Cats fans when we say bring on the 2012-2013 season.
For the full experience of moment #2 be sure to click through all of the links below. Check back with Sunshine State Hockey on Monday when we (hopefully) reveal the #1 moment on our countdown.
This is just going to be another quick post containing our predictions for the Eastern and Western Conference finals. We will look at our previous guess work in a future post before the start of the Stanley Cup finals. Until that time please enjoy our predictions for the Kings/Coyotes and Devils/Rangers.
#1 New York Rangers VS #6 New Jersey Devils
Ana: Rangers in 6 games
Marc: Devils in 7 games
Rob: Rangers in 5 games
#3 Phoenix Coyotes VS #8 Los Angeles Kings
Ana: Coyotes in 7 games
Marc: Kings in 7 games
Rob: Kings in 6 games
After the Phoenix Coyotes eliminated the Chicago Blackhawks last night, defeating them in game six by the score of 4-0. the Western Conference semifinals were locked up. The match-ups for round two in the West are as follows:
Western Conference Semifinals
#8 Los Angeles Kings VS #2 St. Louis Blues
#4 Nashville Predators VS #3 Phoenix Coyotes
There are definitely some surprise teams moving on to round two in the West, just as there will be in the East once that conference finishes the quarterfinals. Seeing “powerhouse” organizations like the Detroit Red Wings, Vancouver Canucks, and Chicago Blackhawks eliminated in round one is shocking but it also provides a nice change to the post-season moving forward.
Once the Eastern Conference teams are set for the next round Sunshine State Hockey’s staff will be sure to provide our predictions.