FINALLY: Florida Panthers defeat Caps, advance to Round 2!

Carter Verhaeghe is the hero!

Michael Whitaker

It was a night 9,478 days in the making. 

The Florida Panthers have advanced past the 1st round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the first time since their magical run to the 1996 Stanley Cup Final, defeating the Washington Capitals in overtime tonight by a 4-3 final score. It was Carter Verhaeghe once again playing hero for the Panthers, potting the winning tally shortly into the sudden-death frame: 

For Verhaeghe, it was his 12th point of the series .