First Place, Southeast Division
3rd Place In Eastern Conference
Lost Eastern Conf. Quarterfinals to NJD
  38-26-18 (94 Pts)
203 GF
227 GA

82 38 .573 82 38 .573

4 Keaton Ellerby* D 25 Jacob Markstrom
7 Dmitry Kulikov D 32 Kris Versteeg RW
9 Stephen Weiss C 43 Mike Weaver
10 David Booth
LW 44 Erik Gudbranson D
12 Jack Skille RW 51 Brian Campbell D
14 Tomas Fleischmann LW 52 Jason Garrison D
18 Shawn Matthias C 55 Ed Jovanovski D
19 Scottie Upshall RW 57 Marcel Goc C
20 Sean Bergenheim LW 60 Jose Theodore G
22 Matt Bradley RW 63 Evgenii Dadonov
24 Ryan Carter
C 82 Tomas Kopecky RW
   *Did Not Dress  

Comeback Cats
Trailing by three goals after one period of play, the Panthers stormed back  to score twice in the second period and then twice more in the third to earn their largest regulation comeback (three goals) in franchise history on Nov. 21 against New Jersey. It was just the second time in franchise history the Cats came back from three goals down to earn a victory (overtime previously).
Home Cookin'
The Panthers enjoyed playing at the friendly confines of the BankAtlantic Center. During a stretch in November and December, they picked up points in a season-high eight straight games (6-0-2) from Nov. 19 until Dec. 18. They then tied a franchise record of five straight wins on home ice (Mar. 3 - 17). That included completing a four-game home sweep on Mar. 17 with a shootout victory over Buffalo.
Weiss Above All
Forward Stephen Weiss accomplished some pretty gaudy feats during the season. Registering an assist on Jan. 16 against Boston, the center picked up his 232nd assist of his career, a franchise record. Then in February, the Panthers forward became the all-time games played leader on Feb. 23 against Minnesota, surpassing Radek Dvorak with his 614th game. The Panthers would celebrate Weiss' accomplishments with a pre-game ceremony on Feb. 26 against Montreal.
First-Time Champs
The Panthers had their battles throughout the season in the Southeast Division but led the way for the most of the way. Two days after clinching their first playoff spot in 12-years despite falling to Washington on Apr. 5, Florida would end the season atop the Southeast, their 128th day sitting at the peak as they defeated Carolina on Apr. 7 4-1. Winning the division on the last day of the season, it's the first-ever division championship in the 19-year, 18 season history of the franchise.
A Sudden End
Almost no one had given Florida an opportunity against the New Jersey Devils in the first round of the Eastern Conference playoffs despite being the third seed and holding home-ice advantage. Florida won their first playoff game in Game 2 with a 4-2 victory and then held a 2-1 (three-goal comeback victory in Game 3) and 3-2 series lead but the Devils would move on thanks to two overtime victories in Game 6 and 7. Florida would tie the game at two with two third period goals to force overtime and it would take two overtimes for the series to be decided as Adam Henrique ended the Panthers season on Apr. 26.
Date Opponent Result
Apr. 7 CAR 4-1 W
Apr. 5 @WSH 2-4 L
Apr. 4 WPG 4-5 OTL
Apr. 1 @DET 1-2 SOL
Mar. 30 @CBJ 1-4 L

Name G PTS
Tomas Fleischmann
27 61
Stephen Weiss 20 57
Kris Versteeg
23 54
Brian Campbell
4 53
Jason Garrison
16 33

Player Rd Pick
Jonathan Huberdeau 1 3
Rocco Grimaldi 2 33
Rasmus Bengtsson 2 59
Vincent Trocheck 3 64
Logan Shaw 3 76
Jonathan Racine 3 87
Kyle Rau 3 91
Yaroslav Kosov 5 124
Edward Wittchow 6 154
Iiro Pakarinen 7 184
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