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1995–96 Florida Panthers · NHL
Eastern Conference Champions
Division 3rd Atlantic
Conference 4th Eastern
1995–96 record 41–31–10
Home record 25–12–4
Road record 16–19–6
Goals for 254
Goals against 234
General Manager Bryan Murray
Coach Doug MacLean
Captain Brian Skrudland
Alternate captains Scott Mellanby
Gord Murphy
Arena Miami Arena
Team leaders
Goals Scott Mellanby (32)
Assists Scott Mellanby (38)
Points Scott Mellanby (70)
Penalties in minutes Paul Laus (236)
Wins John Vanbiesbrouck (26)
Goals against average John Vanbiesbrouck (2.68)

The 1995–96 Florida Panthers season was their most successful season ever. In only their third season in the National Hockey League, the Panthers qualified for the playoffs, and won three playoff series to become Eastern Conference champions. In the 1996 Stanley Cup Finals, they lost to the Colorado Avalanche in four games.

OffseasonEdit

NHL draftEdit

Round Pick Player Nationality College/junior/club team
1 10 Radek Dvorak (RW) Flag of the Czech Republic Czech Republic HC České Budějovice (Czech)

Regular seasonEdit

Year of the RatEdit

A very unusual goal celebration developed in Miami. On the night of the Panthers' '95–'96 home opener, a rat scurried across the Florida locker room. Mellanby reacted by "one-timing" the rat against the wall, killing it [1]. That night he scored two goals, which Vanbiesbrouck quipped was "a rat trick". Two nights later, as the story found its way into the world, a few fans threw rubber rats on the ice in celebration of a goal. The rubber rat count went from 16 for the third home game to over 2,000 during the playoffs. In a freak coincidence, 1996 was also year of the rat according to Chinese Astrology.

In the 1996 playoffs, as the #4 seed, the Panthers beat the Boston Bruins in 5 games, then upset the top seeded Philadelphia Flyers in six, and then the second seeded Pittsburgh Penguins in seven to reach the Stanley Cup Final. Their opponents, the Colorado Avalanche, swept the Panthers in four games.

Final standingsEdit

Atlantic Division
GP W L T GF GA Pts
Philadelphia Flyers 82 45 24 13 282 208 103
New York Rangers 82 41 27 14 272 237 96
Florida Panthers 82 41 31 10 254 234 92
Washington Capitals 82 39 32 11 234 204 89
Tampa Bay Lightning 82 38 32 12 238 248 88
New Jersey Devils 82 37 33 12 215 202 86
New York Islanders 82 22 50 10 229 315 54

Game logEdit

No. R Date Score Opponent Record
1LOctober 7, 19950–4 @ New Jersey Devils (1995–96) 0–1–0
2WOctober 8, 19954–3 Calgary Flames (1995–96) 1–1–0
3WOctober 11, 19956–1 Montreal Canadiens (1995–96) 2–1–0
4WOctober 13, 19956–2 Ottawa Senators (1995–96) 3–1–0
5WOctober 15, 19955–3 New York Islanders (1995–96) 4–1–0
6LOctober 17, 19953–6 Chicago Blackhawks (1995–96) 4–2–0
7WOctober 21, 19953–0 Hartford Whalers (1995–96) 5–2–0
8WOctober 24, 19956–1 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1995–96) 6–2–0
9LOctober 25, 19952–7 @ Montreal Canadiens (1995–96) 6–3–0
10WOctober 28, 19954–1 @ Ottawa Senators (1995–96) 7–3–0
11LOctober 31, 19954–5 OT New York Islanders (1995–96) 7–4–0
12WNovember 2, 19952–1 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1995–96) 8–4–0
13WNovember 3, 19953–2 @ Washington Capitals (1995–96) 9–4–0
14WNovember 5, 19954–1 Tampa Bay Lightning (1995–96) 10–4–0
15WNovember 7, 19954–2 Philadelphia Flyers (1995–96) 11–4–0
16WNovember 9, 19952–1 Edmonton Oilers (1995–96) 12–4–0
17WNovember 11, 19954–1 Buffalo Sabres (1995–96) 13–4–0
18WNovember 14, 19955–2 Toronto Maple Leafs (1995–96) 14–4–0
19TNovember 16, 19952–2 OT Vancouver Canucks (1995–96) 14–4–1
20LNovember 18, 19952–3 @ Los Angeles Kings (1995–96) 14–5–1
21WNovember 19, 19954–3 @ Mighty Ducks of Anaheim (1995–96) 15–5–1
22WNovember 21, 19954–3 New Jersey Devils (1995–96) 16–5–1
23WNovember 26, 19955–1 Los Angeles Kings (1995–96) 17–5–1
24LNovember 29, 19951–2 OT Philadelphia Flyers (1995–96) 17–6–1
25LDecember 1, 19951–2 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1995–96) 17–7–1
26WDecember 2, 19955–3 @ Hartford Whalers (1995–96) 18–7–1
27WDecember 5, 19954–3 @ Washington Capitals (1995–96) 19–7–1
28TDecember 7, 19953–3 OT Mighty Ducks of Anaheim (1995–96) 19–7–2
29WDecember 9, 19953–1 Boston Bruins (1995–96) 20–7–2
30WDecember 11, 19952–1 @ New Jersey Devils (1995–96) 21–7–2
31WDecember 12, 19953–1 @ New York Islanders (1995–96) 22–7–2
32LDecember 14, 19954–6 @ Boston Bruins (1995–96) 22–8–2
33WDecember 16, 19957–2 @ Tampa Bay Lightning (1995–96) 23–8–2
34WDecember 21, 19956–1 Winnipeg Jets (1995–96) 24–8–2
35WDecember 23, 19952–1 New Jersey Devils (1995–96) 25–8–2
36LDecember 28, 19954–5 Washington Capitals (1995–96) 25–9–2
37LDecember 30, 19955–6 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1995–96) 25–10–2
38LJanuary 3, 19962–7 @ Vancouver Canucks (1995–96) 25–11–2
39WJanuary 5, 19963–2 @ Edmonton Oilers (1995–96) 26–11–2
40LJanuary 6, 19960–2 @ Calgary Flames (1995–96) 26–12–2
41WJanuary 8, 19965–2 @ San Jose Sharks (1995–96) 27–12–2
42TJanuary 10, 19964–4 OT @ Colorado Avalanche (1995–96) 27–12–3
43TJanuary 12, 19966–6 OT @ Dallas Stars (1995–96) 27–12–4
44WJanuary 16, 19964–1 San Jose Sharks (1995–96) 28–12–4
45TJanuary 22, 19961–1 OT @ Philadelphia Flyers (1995–96) 28–12–5
46WJanuary 23, 19965–4 @ Washington Capitals (1995–96) 29–12–5
47LJanuary 25, 19962–6 Montreal Canadiens (1995–96) 29–13–5
48WJanuary 27, 19966–3 Buffalo Sabres (1995–96) 30–13–5
49WJanuary 29, 19962–1 Pittsburgh Penguins (1995–96) 31–13–5
50LJanuary 31, 19961–6 @ Buffalo Sabres (1995–96) 31–14–5
51TFebruary 1, 19962–2 OT @ Boston Bruins (1995–96) 31–14–6
52WFebruary 3, 19965–3 @ Tampa Bay Lightning (1995–96) 32–14–6
53LFebruary 6, 19962–4 @ Detroit Red Wings (1995–96) 32–15–6
54WFebruary 8, 19963–1 Detroit Red Wings (1995–96) 33–15–6
55TFebruary 11, 19962–2 OT St. Louis Blues (1995–96) 33–15–7
56LFebruary 14, 19962–4 Philadelphia Flyers (1995–96) 33–16–7
57LFebruary 16, 19964–5 OT Colorado Avalanche (1995–96) 33–17–7
58WFebruary 18, 19966–4 Dallas Stars (1995–96) 34–17–7
59WFebruary 21, 19964–1 @ New Jersey Devils (1995–96) 35–17–7
60LFebruary 24, 19960–4 New York Rangers (1995–96) 35–18–7
61LFebruary 25, 19961–6 @ Buffalo Sabres (1995–96) 35–19–7
62TFebruary 29, 19962–2 OT Washington Capitals (1995–96) 35–19–8
63LMarch 2, 19961–7 @ Hartford Whalers (1995–96) 35–20–8
64LMarch 5, 19960–2 @ St. Louis Blues (1995–96) 35–21–8
65LMarch 7, 19963–5 @ Winnipeg Jets (1995–96) 35–22–8
66LMarch 10, 19961–4 Boston Bruins (1995–96) 35–23–8
67LMarch 11, 19964–8 @ Chicago Blackhawks (1995–96) 35–24–8
68TMarch 13, 19963–3 OT @ New York Rangers (1995–96) 35–24–9
69WMarch 17, 19963–0 New Jersey Devils (1995–96) 36–24–9
70WMarch 19, 19965–2 Ottawa Senators (1995–96) 37–24–9
71WMarch 21, 19963–2 New York Islanders (1995–96) 38–24–9
72LMarch 23, 19962–4 @ Tampa Bay Lightning (1995–96) 38–25–9
73LMarch 27, 19960–3 @ New York Rangers (1995–96) 38–26–9
74LMarch 28, 19962–3 Pittsburgh Penguins (1995–96) 38–27–9
75LMarch 30, 19961–2 Tampa Bay Lightning (1995–96) 38–28–9
76WApril 1, 19963–2 Hartford Whalers (1995–96) 39–28–9
77LApril 3, 19962–3 @ Ottawa Senators (1995–96) 39–29–9
78LApril 6, 19961–2 @ Montreal Canadiens (1995–96) 39–30–9
79WApril 8, 19965–3 @ New York Rangers (1995–96) 40–30–9
80LApril 10, 19961–2 Tampa Bay Lightning (1995–96) 40–31–9
81TApril 12, 19961–1 OT @ New York Islanders (1995–96) 40–31–10
82WApril 14, 19965–1 New York Rangers (1995–96) 41–31–10

Player statsEdit

Regular season
Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM +/- PPG SHG GWG
Mellanby, ScottScott Mellanby RW 79 32 38 70 16041903
Niedermayer, RobRob Niedermayer C 82 26 35 61 10711106
Svehla, RobertRobert Svehla D 81 8 49 57 94-3700
Garpenlov, JohanJohan Garpenlov LW 82 23 28 51 36-10807
Barnes, StuStu Barnes C 72 19 25 44 46-12805
Belanger, JesseJesse Belanger C 63 17 21 38 10-5701
Hull, JodyJody Hull RW 78 20 17 37 255203
Fitzgerald, TomTom Fitzgerald RW 82 13 21 34 75-3162
Lindsay, BillBill Lindsay RW 73 12 22 34 5713032
Woolley, JasonJason Woolley D 52 6 28 34 32-9300
Murphy, GordGord Murphy D 70 8 22 30 305400
Dvorak, RadekRadek Dvorak RW 77 13 14 27 205004
Skrudland, BrianBrian Skrudland C 79 7 20 27 1296011
Lowry, DaveDave Lowry LW 63 10 14 24 36-2001
Hough, MikeMike Hough LW 64 7 16 23 374011
Jovanovski, EdEd Jovanovski D 70 10 11 21 137-3202
Carkner, TerryTerry Carkner D 73 3 10 13 8010100
Svensson, MagnusMagnus Svensson D 27 2 9 11 21-1201
Sheppard, RayRay Sheppard RW 14 8 2 10 40202
Smith, GeoffGeoff Smith D 31 3 7 10 20-4200
Laus, PaulPaul Laus D 78 3 6 9 236-2000
Straka, MartinMartin Straka C 12 2 4 6 61100
Dionne, GilbertGilbert Dionne LW 5 1 2 3 00000
Harkins, BrettBrett Harkins LW 8 0 3 3 6-2000
Warrener, RhettRhett Warrener D 28 0 3 3 464000
Smyth, BradBrad Smyth RW 7 1 1 2 4-3100
Nemirovsky, DavidDavid Nemirovsky RW 9 0 2 2 2-1000
Vanbiesbrouck, JohnJohn Vanbiesbrouck G 57 0 2 2 100000
Kudelski, BobBob Kudelski RW 13 0 1 1 01000
Washburn, SteveSteve Washburn C 1 0 1 1 01000
Casselman, MikeMike Casselman C 3 0 0 0 0-1000
Fitzpatrick, MarkMark Fitzpatrick G 34 0 0 0 120000
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L T GA GAA SO SA SV SV%
Vanbiesbrouck, JohnJohn Vanbiesbrouck 3178 57 26 20 7 142 2.68 214731331.904
Fitzpatrick, MarkMark Fitzpatrick 1786 34 15 11 3 88 2.96 0810722.891
Team: 4964 82 41 31 10 230 2.78 222832053.899
Playoffs
Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM +/- PPG SHG GWG
Lowry, DaveDave Lowry LW 22 10 7 17 398402
Sheppard, RayRay Sheppard RW 21 8 8 16 44300
Barnes, StuStu Barnes C 22 6 10 16 410202
Lindsay, BillBill Lindsay RW 22 5 5 10 186011
Mellanby, ScottScott Mellanby RW 22 3 6 9 44-10200
Jovanovski, EdEd Jovanovski D 22 1 8 9 522000
Niedermayer, RobRob Niedermayer C 22 5 3 8 12-8202
Fitzgerald, TomTom Fitzgerald RW 22 4 4 8 343002
Laus, PaulPaul Laus D 21 2 6 8 623000
Woolley, JasonJason Woolley D 13 2 6 8 143101
Garpenlov, JohanJohan Garpenlov LW 20 4 2 6 8-2000
Svehla, RobertRobert Svehla D 22 0 6 6 323000
Hough, MikeMike Hough LW 22 4 1 5 85002
Hull, JodyJody Hull RW 14 3 2 5 04000
Straka, MartinMartin Straka C 13 2 2 4 2-2000
Dvorak, RadekRadek Dvorak RW 16 1 3 4 02000
Skrudland, BrianBrian Skrudland C 21 1 3 4 186000
Carkner, TerryTerry Carkner D 22 0 4 4 108000
Murphy, GordGord Murphy D 14 0 4 4 61000
Vanbiesbrouck, JohnJohn Vanbiesbrouck G 22 0 1 1 200000
Warrener, RhettRhett Warrener D 21 0 1 1 03000
Washburn, SteveSteve Washburn C 1 0 1 1 00000
Fitzpatrick, MarkMark Fitzpatrick G 2 0 0 0 00000
Smith, GeoffGeoff Smith D 1 0 0 0 2-1000
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L GA GAA SO SA SV SV%
Vanbiesbrouck, JohnJohn Vanbiesbrouck 1332 22 12 10 50 2.25 1735685.932
Fitzpatrick, MarkMark Fitzpatrick 60 2 0 0 6 6.00 03024.800
Team: 1392 22 12 10 56 2.41 1765709.927

[1]

Note: Pos = Position; GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; +/- = plus/minus; PIM = Penalty minutes; PPG = Power-play goals; SHG = Short-handed goals; GWG = Game-winning goals
      MIN = Minutes played; W = Wins; L = Losses; T = Ties; GA = Goals-against; GAA = Goals-against average; SO = Shutouts; SA = Shots against; SV = Shots saved; SV% = Save percentage;

TradesEdit

The Panthers acquired Ray Sheppard from the San Jose Sharks on the trade deadline in 1996.

PlayoffsEdit

Stanley Cup FinalsEdit

With their backs to the wall, the Panthers played a defensive game four. This was the Scott Mellanby's first trip to the finals in 9 years. Florida goaltender John Vanbiesbrouck went save for save with Colorado goaltender Patrick Roy. The two teams played a marathon game that took until the third overtime period. Uwe Krupp's unassisted goal at 4:31 ended 44 minutes and 31 seconds of overtime and gave the Avalanche a 1–0 win and a four-games-to-none series win. Goaltender Patrick Roy stopped all 63 shots he faced. Colorado outscored Florida 15–4 in the series, and Patrick Roy stopped 147 of 151 shots, for a save percentage of .974. Joe Sakic was awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP, having led all skaters in goals with 18, and points with 34. For both Patrick Roy and Claude Lemieux, it was their third Stanley Cup win in eleven years.

Colorado vs. Florida
Date Away Home
June 4 Florida 1 3 Colorado
June 6 Florida 1 8 Colorado
June 8 Colorado 3 2 Florida
June 10 Colorado 1 0 Florida 3OT
Colorado wins series 4–0
and Stanley Cup
Joe Sakic (Colorado)
wins Conn Smythe Trophy

Awards and recordsEdit

Game AdsEdit


ReferencesEdit

  1. 1995-96 Florida Panthers Statistics - Hockey-Reference.com. hockey-reference.com. Retrieved on 2009-07-27.


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