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Panthers find their mojo to beat Capitals, reach 2nd round

May. 14, 2022 02:58 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — When the Florida Panthers faced their first real adversity of the season trailing their playoff series against the Washington Capitals, players held a meeting to set things straight. They talked about what they needed to do better and got on the same page. ...

Panthers beat Caps in OT, win series for 1st time since '96

May. 14, 2022 00:27 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Jonathan Huberdeau couldn't remember what it was like to be on the smiling side of a handshake line. The feelings were so strong after he and the Florida Panthers beat the Washington Capitals 4-3 in overtime Friday night to win Game 6 and move on to the second...

Pressure is on Panthers, Rangers, Flames down 2-1 in series

May. 08, 2022 16:58 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Aaron Ekblad paused for almost 10 seconds to consider what the Florida Panthers need to do better to even their series against the Washington Capitals. “I think there’s a lot of things that we could do better,” he said. “I think to sum it up simply is:...

Panthers rout Capitals 5-1 in Game 2 to even series

May. 05, 2022 23:08 PM EDT

SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — The bounce-back game that the Florida Panthers needed started, perhaps fittingly, with a puck that took a fortuitous bounce. A burst here. A burst there. And just like that, series tied. Aleksander Barkov and Carter Verhaeghe each had a goal and...

Capitals rally late, stun top-seeded Panthers 4-2 in Game 1

May. 03, 2022 22:56 PM EDT

SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — T.J. Oshie didn't see his go-ahead goal get into the net. The Florida Panthers didn't see this coming, either. And right away, the top overall seed in the Stanley Cup playoffs finds itself in some trouble. Oshie scored the go-ahead goal midway...

Top-seeded Panthers await Ovechkin, Caps in playoff Round 1

May. 02, 2022 15:28 PM EDT

SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — The Florida Panthers are aware of the narratives. The franchise hasn’t won a playoff series in 26 years going back to the 1996 Eastern Conference finals, by far the longest active drought in the NHL. They won the Presidents’ Trophy this season, and the last...

Locked in since January, path to Cup through East isn't easy

May. 01, 2022 16:16 PM EDT

Two months after the eight playoff teams in the Eastern Conference were locked in before the NHL even reached the All-Star break, Rod Brind’Amour set Carolina’s lineup for a game against Pittsburgh with the future in mind. “Everything you do is built towards the Stanley Cup,”...

Ovechkin, Ekblad return to practice for Capitals, Panthers

May. 01, 2022 15:00 PM EDT

CORAL SPRINGS, Fla. (AP) — Alex Ovechkin and Aaron Ekblad both practiced on Sunday. Those are excellent developments for the Washington Capitals and Florida Panthers. All signs point to Ovechkin being in the lineup for Game 1 of an Eastern Conference first-round series against the...

The Comeback Cats: Florida overcame adversity this season

Apr. 30, 2022 11:36 AM EDT

SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — The phenomenon of the Comeback Cats really seemed to take off back in late November. The Florida Panthers were trailing the Washington Capitals 4-1 early in the third period, and a three-goal deficit that deep into a game almost always means a loss. Not that...

Panthers overcome 4-goal deficit for 7-6 OT win over Devils

Apr. 02, 2022 16:42 PM EDT

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Gustav Forsling scored twice, including at 1:45 of overtime, and the Florida Panthers overcame a four-goal deficit and beat the New Jersey Devils 7-6 in overtime Saturday. Aleksander Barkov also had two goals. Defenseman Radko Gudas, Ben Chiarot and Brandon...