SUNRISE, Fla. — The last time the Florida Panthers were in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, they were swept in the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals by a New Jersey Devils team that would go on to win the Stanley Cup for the second time in six years.
Veteran Panthers center John Madden has fond memories of that series -- because he was a part of it, as a member of the Devils.
"It was my first playoff series, actually, so I do remember it quite well," Madden said. "I remember that year [Pavel] Bure was on their team. I just remember him being extremely fast throughout the series but at the same time I remember winning four straight. It was just fun. It was a good experience for me because it was my first time; had a lot of fun in that series."