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Rapid Fire: Reasons To Love Playoff Hockey

Friday, 03.16.2012 / 1:30 PM / Rapid Fire
By Bill Lindsay  - FloridaPanthers.com
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Rapid Fire: Reasons To Love Playoff Hockey
Welcome to Rapid Fire. Panthers broadcasters Steve Goldstein and Bill Lindsay will hit five different thoughts on a daily rotating basis. It's up to them as far as what topics they want to talk about as teams, and more specifically the Panthers, make a push towards the playoffs and the Stanley Cup.


Bill is back with another round of Rapid Fire as he discusses the five reasons for Panther fans to love playoff hockey.

1. No Shootout!: What a gimmick this is anyway. I am not a huge fan of the shootout. It does provide a winner for each game, but it is not real hockey. In the playoffs you end it the right way, by going until someone finishes the game with a proper goal. For the Panthers, this should be good news as shootouts have not been kind to Florida over the years.

2. Blood Scars And Stitches: To win the Cup, teams must be able to endure an enormous amount of pain. What's better than watching two teams go at it for seven games and players with black eyes, stitches and blood rolling down their face giving their all? You can feel the intensity. 

3. Seven-Game Series: Teams learn quickly to despise one another in the playoffs. The games take on a whole new meaning of intensity. Individuals go toe-to-toe every game and bad blood spills over from game-to-game. It becomes more about will than skill.

4. Pure Enjoyment: This is the real hockey season. It's truly why players play the game and fans support their teams. It's when lasting memories are made. This is the pinnacle of the sport and there is nothing quite as good as playoff hockey.

5. Waiting Long Enough: Ten years is a long time, but you have stood by us and now is the time for new memories and new heroes to come to the forefront. Its going to be a little extra special for Panther fans and players this season. How sweet it will be.

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 TBL 50 31 15 4 163 132 66
2 MTL 47 31 13 3 127 108 65
3 NYI 48 32 15 1 157 135 65
4 DET 49 28 12 9 145 128 65
5 PIT 49 28 13 8 145 125 64
6 WSH 48 25 14 9 144 124 59
7 BOS 49 26 16 7 131 123 59
8 NYR 46 27 15 4 135 111 58
9 FLA 46 21 15 10 114 129 52
10 PHI 50 21 22 7 139 151 49
11 TOR 50 22 24 4 144 155 48
12 OTT 47 19 19 9 129 134 47
13 CBJ 47 21 23 3 119 148 45
14 NJD 49 18 22 9 110 137 45
15 CAR 48 17 25 6 104 125 40
16 BUF 50 14 33 3 94 179 31

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
N. Bjugstad 46 16 13 -1 29
A. Ekblad 46 7 21 6 28
J. Huberdeau 43 9 17 1 26
J. Jokinen 45 4 21 -3 25
B. Boyes 44 10 12 2 22
J. Hayes 38 13 7 1 20
S. Bergenheim 35 8 9 2 17
A. Barkov 35 5 10 -5 15
B. Campbell 46 3 11 -1 14
D. Kulikov 41 1 13 -3 14
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 18 11 8 .920 2.42
A. Montoya 3 4 2 .891 2.96
 
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