SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) -- It's the biggest game of the Florida Panthers' season. Again.
Seems like every game the Panthers have played in the last few weeks -- starting with the race to return to the playoffs for the first time in 12 years, then to wrap up the Southeast Division, and after coming back from a Game 1 loss of their Eastern Conference first-round series with New Jersey -- has been classified in the same manner.
That might explain why the Panthers have a business-as-usual mindset heading into Game 5 against the Devils on Saturday night, when one team will take a giant stride toward the second round. A best-of-seven series is now a best-of-three, resuming on Florida's home ice.
"We didn't clinch a playoff spot until a couple games left in the season, and then we got our division title in the last game of the season. And people keep saying That's your first playoff win in so on and so forth,'" Panthers coach Kevin Dineen said Friday afternoon. "Lots of little milestones alo...