Panthers Are Finding Overtime to Be the Right Time in Stanley Cup Playoffs
SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) When the Florida Panthers are headed to overtime in the playoffs, the routine basically goes like this: The horn sounds to end the third period, the team retreats to the locker room for intermission, and the discussion starts.
There's only one topic.
Chirpin' who gets to score the goal, Panthers coach Paul Maurice said.
Turns out, the Panthers don't really care who scores it as long as they score it. And in these playoffs, no team has been anywhere near as good as the Panthers have in extra time. They're 7-0 in overtime in this postseason, the most recent of those wins coming Thursday when they rallied to beat the Vegas Golden Knights 3-2 in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final.
Overtime wins are more fun, Maurice said. They are, right? Weve had a whole bunch of them. And we havent over-celebrated but they are more fun, right? You win a game in regulation, half your team kind of walks off the bench, and they skate and they tap pads and its fun. Its a good thing. ... But we allow ourselves to celebrate the overtime wins.