SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — There’s a rule in the Florida Panthers locker room: Don’t walk on the team logo.
It’s in the middle of the carpet, and anyone who even steps near it is typically shouted down by players who see the approach. Yet in the din of the first division-championship celebration in franchise history Saturday night, someone forgot the rule.
That someone was team president Michael Yormark. Everyone was so happy, hardly anyone noticed.
The Panthers will host their first playoff game in 12 years on Friday night, opening an Eastern Conference first-round series against the New Jersey Devils. Florida clinched the No. 3 seed and the Southeast Division crown with a 4-1 win over Carolina in the regular season finale. The Panthers say finally ending those droughts will help them relax.