Since the start of the playoffs, no one can say we haven’t been pampered. Beyond the Canadian’s absence, it’s all there: robust and exciting play, exciting games, #7 games by the ton, beautiful goals, the Maple Leafs eliminated in the first round, etc.
And in the second round there are two issues with the battle of Alberta and Florida. For the spectacle and the hype around the series, it’s a very good thing.
But in fact, in Florida, the madness is quite rare.
According to Luc Gélinas, who covers the series on the site for RDS, there was no atmosphere on the site during Game #1 at Sunrise. Panthers fans weren’t too interested.
You lacked excitement yesterday at Sunrise, for the first game of the Battle of Florida!
“In terms of atmosphere, it felt like Habs v. Sabers! »
Even the national anthem was not good 😂@LucGelinasRDS pic.twitter.com/8K5SGyCSNz
— The 5 to 7 (@5a7RDS) May 18, 2022
The RDS reporter compared the match, in terms of atmosphere, to a CH warm-up game against the Sabers. The crowd was not on board during the game.
Maybe it has to do with the Panthers not making a pregame showing, getting off to a bad start.
Imagine how out of place a Ben Chiarot must be, having just played three years in Montreal.
The journalist went on to say that normally, in the playoffs, every game provokes a reaction. But in Tuesday’s game? Not a thing. No one seemed interested in the game.
According to Gélinas, during the first lap they told him that there was enthusiasm in the team. People were involved and it was more enjoyable than what was experienced on Tuesday night.
And there, however, the Panthers take on the Lightning, a big club in the same state where hockey is fun to watch. Are the fans satisfied knowing that the club has won only four games? Obviously yes.
Will it be the same tonight? We must think so. Unless, as the reporter points out, sports fans were all at the Miami Heat (NBA) game, which had a big game on Tuesday night.
Maybe … but keep in mind that the Heat will play at home again tonight.
And yet, it’s not like true fans don’t have access to the arena, as tickets are affordable. A good ticket to the Rocket for the third round costs as much ($60) as a regular ticket to see the Panthers in the playoffs right now.
I call that accessible, me. So you have to consider the possibility that Florida just isn’t a huge hockey market, which we all know.
– Good news.
NEW: The “courtesy meeting” between Minister Éric Girard and Gary Bettman lasted 45 minutes today in New York. There is no new meeting planned at the moment. The project to present 5 Senators games in Quebec is still on the table. #Nordics
—Jerome Landry (@JeromeLandry) May 19, 2022
– Speaking of the Panthers.
Is Florida already in winning mode? And was Carolina more lucky than good in her Game 1 victory? @MarcDenis_RDS United @SimonTSN690 Y @ShaunStarr78 with more. Listen: https://t.co/28ZM9DP0em
– Radio TSN 690 (@TSN690) May 19, 2022
– Claude Giroux likes to play in Florida.
Claude Giroux: new logo, same passion
After 1,000 games with the Flyers, Giroux is enjoying a fresh start with the Panthers. He never won the Stanley Cup. https://t.co/rGisw68TdY
— JF Chaumont (@JFCchaumontJDM) May 19, 2022
– It is June 3 that we will know if Carey Price has won the Bill Masterton.
The winner of the #NHL The Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy will be announced on Friday, June 3: #habs Carey Price is one of the three finalists along with Zdeno Chara and Kevin Hayes.
— Priyanta Emrith (@HabsInHighHeels) May 19, 2022
– A name to (continue) to monitor.
Sean Farrell (MTL) had two assists and led all American forwards with 19:17 of ice time. He also had six shots on goal in his best World Cup performance to date. Getting some good power play time, too. Speed and skill are a factor in the game. I’m already looking forward to a great second season at Harvard.
—Chris Peters (@chrismpeters) May 19, 2022
– Mike Smith will be in goal tomorrow.
Mike Smith starts game 2 to @edmontonoilers
— Genetic principle (@GenePrincipe) May 19, 2022
– That’s a lot of hockey.
For five years, Nicolas Roy has played 83 playoff games. Its alot. Enough to find it strange to be anywhere other than between Edmonton and Sunrise at this time of year.
He spoke to us between games at the World Championship. https://t.co/vXsbnJ8FSV
– Nicholas Landry (@NicLandryRDS) May 19, 2022
Boston Bruins president Cam Neely has said it will be hard to find another player like Patrice Bergeron and is hopeful his captain will return for a 19th season with the club.https://t.co/EbSu32k9oZ
— Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) May 19, 2022
#excitement #Sunrise #PanthersLightning #series