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Florida Panthers win first Southeast Division title

Apr 7, 2012, 10:00 PM EDT

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It took seven coaches, seven general managers and 12 years, but the Florida Panthers are playoff-bound. Making the postseason probably feels like a first, yet the real first came on Saturday as Kevin Dineen and Dale Tallon’s squad won their first ever Southeast Division title after handling the Carolina Hurricanes a 4-1 defeat.

Ever since winning five games in a row from March 11-21, things have been awfully shabby for the Cats. Tonight’s victory marks just their second since that point, as they went 2-3-5 in the final 10 games of the season. If you want an even clearer picture of their punch-less finish, chew on this: today marks their first regulation win since they beat the Philadelphia Flyers 2-1 on March 20.

The Panthers lacked much bite lately, so many will probably predict the sixth-seeded New Jersey Devils to “upset” them in the first round. Most (if not all) of the numbers seem to speak in the Devils’ favor.

Right now, the Panthers could probably care less. The franchise has taken a huge step in the right direction and you never know how far they can go if things bounce the right way in the playoffs.

  1. ravenscaps48 - Apr 7, 2012 at 10:11 PM

    Congratulations

  2. Stiller43 - Apr 7, 2012 at 10:55 PM

    If only the islanders won a couple more games, then every atlantic division team would have had more points than the panthers…

  3. rawgator06 - Apr 7, 2012 at 11:26 PM

    Hey Stiller43, how about you not be a jerk? This is the Panthers first EVER Southeastern division title. This is also Panthers fans first time seeing Playoff hockey in over a decade

  4. Stiller43 - Apr 7, 2012 at 11:31 PM

    Rawgator,

    It was a more so intended to be a crack at the caps (i live in northern va and caps fans are annoying) for not winning an easy division…if it helps, i was rooting for the panthers to win the divison…

    • bmoreredfury311 - Apr 7, 2012 at 11:58 PM

      hey stiller43.. I’m a caps fan and i’m happy to see the panthers win the title they deserve it more then the caps. and hate to break it to you but your I’s aren’t in the post seasons and haven’t been in a good what 10 years maybe more. i don’t know and don’t care. and i know your rebuttal is that the I’s have a cup,. yay for them. but not this year and that’s what matters most :)

  5. scottfmullin - Apr 7, 2012 at 11:53 PM

    I’m in a great mood after the Panthers’ winning the division…thumbs up for everybody’s comments!

  6. Stiller43 - Apr 8, 2012 at 10:40 AM

    Bmoreredfury,

    Lol im a pens fan but good effort.

    I wouldnt be talking garbage if my team was the isles.

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