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TICKET TO 1997 POSTSEASON OPENER
The Panthers made their second postseason trip in 1997, facing the New York Rangers in the Conference Quarterfinal. John Vanbiesbrouck blanked the Rangers in Game 1 at the Miami Arena. Later, in Game ...
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MELLANBY GETS TRIPLE DIGIT GOAL, 1997
Scott Mellanby joined the franchise’s 100-goal club with a score in a 3-3 tie with the Toronto Maple Leafs. One of the team’s first snipers, Mellanby ultimately scored 157 goals for the franchise. ...
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SOUVENIRS FROM RAY SHEPPARD HAT TRICK, 1996
Panthers hats rained down onto the Miami Arena ice in celebration of a Ray Sheppard hat trick on November 26, 1996. The Panthers won against the Buffalo Sabres, 4-3. Sheppard logged 5 hat tricks as a ...
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TICKET TO FIRST GAME AFTER FINAL, 1996
The reigning conference champions raised the banner before opening the 1996-1997 season with a 1-1 tie against the New York Rangers. As they had the year before, the Panthers would end their season in ...
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PUCK FROM MULLER’S 1st GOAL AS A PANTHER
Kirk Muller’s first goal in a Panther uniform came on April 11, 1997, in a 4-2 win at home over the Buffalo Sabres. Muller would go on to tally 47 points with the Panthers.
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STICK THAT SCORED MELLANBY #100, 1997
Scott Mellanby notched his 100th goal for the Panthers with this two-piece aluminum stick in a 3-3 tie with the Toronto Maple Leafs at home. He would ultimately score 157 goals for the club, making hi ...
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ED JOVANOVSKI’S GAME-USED STICK, 1996-1997
Ed Jovanovski got his start with the Florida Panthers in 1995 just as veterans like Brian Skrudland, John Vanbiesbrouck and Scott Mellanby were turning the team into a powerhouse. “Jovo” used this two ...
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A SKRUDLAND STICK FROM A SPECIAL SEASON
Brian Skrudland, captain of the Panthers from 1993-1997, oversaw the team’s most successful runs through the playoffs. He was instrumental in rallying the Panthers after the 1996 Stanley Cup Final los ...
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CHRIS WELLS’S 1st PANTHERS GOAL PUCK, 1997
Chris Wells joined the Panthers for the 1996-1997 season and notched his first goal with the team in a 5-2 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning at home on February 12, 1997.
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NO RATS PLEASE, 1997
An NHL rule was introduced in September 1996 prohibiting fans from throwing objects onto the ice, including plastic rats. The Panthers and Miami Arena reminded fans of this new rule in a March 1997 Br ...
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