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Rapid Fire: Reasons To Love Playoff Hockey

Friday, 03.16.2012 / 1:30 PM ET / 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

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AWAY
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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 WSH 49 36 9 4 161 110 76
2 FLA 51 31 15 5 141 112 67
3 NYR 51 28 18 5 146 132 61
4 TBL 50 28 18 4 131 115 60
5 BOS 51 27 18 6 149 136 60
6 NYI 49 26 17 6 134 121 58
7 DET 51 25 18 8 125 130 58
8 NJD 52 26 20 6 117 118 58
9 PIT 49 25 17 7 126 122 57
10 PHI 49 23 18 8 117 128 54
11 CAR 52 23 21 8 124 138 54
12 MTL 52 24 24 4 137 141 52
13 OTT 52 23 23 6 142 164 52
14 TOR 50 19 22 9 116 134 47
15 BUF 52 21 26 5 119 137 47
16 CBJ 53 20 28 5 133 167 45

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Jagr 48 16 21 12 37
J. Huberdeau 51 10 27 11 37
A. Barkov 41 15 19 13 34
J. Jokinen 51 9 24 12 33
V. Trocheck 51 17 15 4 32
R. Smith 51 16 15 12 31
B. Pirri 47 10 13 -4 23
A. Ekblad 47 10 12 23 22
B. Campbell 51 4 15 17 19
N. Bjugstad 36 9 8 -3 17
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 23 13 4 .930 2.11
A. Montoya 8 2 1 .931 1.93

 
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