SUNRISE, Fla.- It's early February, and the Florida Panthers already are scoreboard watching.
OK, so left winger Sean Bergenheim claimed he just happened to be looking up at the time Washington's shootout defeat was displayed Thursday night at the BankAtlantic Center. But don't think Bergenheim wasn't happy when he viewed it.
"It was on board I think like with two or three minutes left," Bergenheim said about the Capitals' 3-2 loss to Winnipeg being displayed late in Florida's 3-1 win over Los Angeles. "That was good to see."
It sure was for the Panthers, desperately trying to earn their first playoff berth in 11 years. They're locked in a battle with Washington that has resulted in playoff intensity showing up in South Florida two months before the end of the regular season.
Because the two teams are in the Southeast, the Yugo of NFL divisions, it's possible only the winner will get a playoff berth. With the Panthers and Capit...