The rats are back on the South Florida ice during the New Jersey Devils- Florida Panthers Eastern Conference first-round playoff series and the the NHL isn't happy.
Despite repeated pleas from the public-address announcer and plenty of notices on Miami Arena's massive center-ice scoreboard— saying anyone caught throwing a rat during the game would be ejected, plus risk the team getting a two-minute penalty for delay of game— a lot of fans do not heed the warning. Dozens get thrown into the rink after every Florida goal.
Now, Michael Yormack— the Panthers team president— is blaming Devils fans for causing the disruptions.
Today, Yormack tweeted about the visiting snowbirds sabotaging the game:
If that is true, there must be at least 15,000 Devils fans filling the Panthers home ice. That's funny because the Devils can barely fill their own home arena back in Jersey.
Yormack's wild assertion that Devils fans are trying to get penalties for the "Rat Tricks" was challenged and ridiculed by the team's followers on Twitter before Tuesday night's Game 6 at the Prudential Center in Newark.
One user tweeted back: "@PanthersYormack is making an ass of himself and the organization."
To which Yormack tweeted back: "you have 70 followers. No one cares what you think."
Others called Yormack an "utter moron" and worse.
The "old-time hockey" series between these teams has been relatively tame compared to other violent first-round match-ups and the biggest controversy so far is a bunch of rubber rats.
It's actually pretty funny that these days, an NHL executive will take to Twitter to defend his organization and get into it with rival fans by tweeting insults back and forth.
The Devils hope they can tie the series tonight so they can head down to Florida for a Game 7.
Florida Panthers goaltender Jose Theodore did not take part in the morning skate for Game 6 against the New Jersey Devils and his status for the contest is uncertain.
Panthers coach Kevin Dineen said Theodore was not 100 percent and would be a game-time decision.
Theodore shut out the Devils 3-0 in Game 5 Saturday to give the Panthers a 3-2 lead in the best-of-7 series. It was...
CORAL SPRINGS, Fla. (AP) -- Florida goaltender Jose Theodore did an on-ice workout Wednesday and is hoping to play when the Panthers host the New Jersey Devils in Game 7 of their Eastern Conference first-round series.
Theodore missed Florida's Game 6 overtime loss in New Jersey on Tuesday night with an unspecified injury.
Panthers coach Kevin Dineen says it's "encouraging...
Despite how the Florida Panthers finish up in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, Brian Campbell could bring home a piece of hardware a defenseman hasn’t done in nearly 60 years.
Brian Campbell, shown here, is up for the Lady Byng Trophy this year. A defender hasn't won in nearly 60 years. Is this year the year?
And that’s take home the Lady Byng Trophy.
This whole thing started when the Panthers President & COO Michael Yormark announced that the Panthers would no longer sell plastic rats in their team store. And as you can see from Yormark’s tweet above, he’s blaming the move on a certain “visiting team”. A visiting team that just so happens to be the New Jersey Devils.So of course, fans of that “visiting team” begin...
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) -- llya Kovalchuk has been avoiding questions about his health and his lack of scoring for days, and nothing has changed with the New Jersey Devils on the brink of being eliminated from the playoffs by the Florida Panthers.
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The Florida Panthers and New Jersey Devils will play to advance to the second round of the NHL playoffs Thursday night when the two teams battle in a must-watch game 7.
Game 7 coverage begins Thursday night on FOX Sports Florida (Panthers Territory) at 8 pm with the Panthers LIVE pre-game show from the Bank Atlantic Center in Sunrise, Fla. The puck drops at 8:30 p.m.
NEWARK, N.J. -- Travis Zajac scored at 5:39 of overtime, and the New Jersey Devils avoided elimination and sent yet another Eastern Conference first-round series to a seventh game with a 3-2 victory over the Florida Panthers on Tuesday night. Steve Bernier and Ilya Kovalchuk also scored, and Martin Brodeur made 14 saves for New Jersey, which squandered a two-goal lead and had fans...
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By Bill WhiteheadSUNRISE, Fla. -- After the last rat had been hurled to the ice at BankAtlantic Center following Florida's 3-0 win over New Jersey on Saturday -- one vermin even parachuted safely to the ice with a soft landing -- the question was asked: What's a "dirty goal"?Kris Versteeg's power-play goal off a pass from Stephen Weiss in the second period was...
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