Few teams in NHL history rose to the top as quickly as the Florida Panthers. Joining the NHL as an expansion franchise for the 1993-94 season, the Panthers not only made the playoffs in their third season of existence, backed by the sensational netminding of John Vanbiesbrouck, they won the Eastern Conference title and rolled all the way to the Stanley Cup Final before being swept by the Colorado Avalanche. The Panthers have been seeking to return to such lofty heights ever since.
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Florida Panthers Game Schedule
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Florida Panthers Standings Today
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It started as an act of self defense and evolved into a tradition. At the outset of Florida's unpredictable run to the Stanley Cup Final in 1995-96, a rat scurried its way into the Panthers dressing room prior to their Oct. 8, 1995 home opener against the Calgary Flames. Panthers forward Scott Mellanby acted quickly and fired the rodent across the room with his hockey stick, killing the rat. He then went out and scored twice in Florida's 4-3 win, a performance that Panthers goalie John Vanbiesbrouck dubbed "a rat trick."
Panthers fans picked up on the story, and began tossing plastic rats on the ice whenever the Panthers would score. It's a ritual that continues to be part of Panthers lore to this day.