Panthers Advance to Second Round for First Time in 26 Years

Well, that’s one less Game 7 to look forward to.

The Florida Panthers have advanced to the Eastern Conference semifinal after beating the Washington Capitals 4-3 in Game 6 on Friday evening.

The Panthers, who finished first during the NHL regular season, haven’t won a playoff series since 1996, the team’s third year in the league and first time in the playoffs. They lost in the Stanley Cup final to Colorado, making the post-season just six times in the 25 years after.