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Florida Panthers avoid touching Prince of Wales Trophy before Stanley Cup Finals


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River Hawk
June 2, 2024  (9:38)
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The Florida Panthers not touching the Prince of Wales Trophy
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To avoid making the same mistake as last year, the Florida Panthers did not touch the Prince of Wales Trophy after defeating the New York Rangers and advancing to the Stanley Cup Finals.

The Florida Panthers played hard in the first few rounds of the playoffs, making quick work taking down the Tampa Bay Lightning and Boston Bruins in eleven total games. Now, they have taken down the President's Trophy earning team, the New York Rangers, in game six of the Eastern Conference Finals, winning the Prince of wales Trophy.
"ADVANCED: The Florida Panthers have defeated the New York Rangers in six games (4-2) to advance to the 2024 Stanley Cup Final!

The Panthers have won the Prince of Wales Trophy as Eastern Conference Champions."

However, the NHL is no stranger to superstitions, with the most extreme coming out as we approach the Stanley Cup Finals. Among the most serious is the idea that touching any Conference Finals Trophy would ruin a team's shot in the final round.

The Florida Panthers have had their fair share of issues with this tradition, having lost in both of their appearances in the Stanley Cup Finals runs after someone laid their hands on the Prince of Wales Trophy. Last year, several players touched the trophy before Aleksander Barkov picked it up and paraded it around the rink.
"The Florida Panthers have decided to touch the Prince of Wales Trophy

#TimeToHunt"

The Florida Panthers avoided repeating their mistake and not only did not touch the trophy, but steered clear of the table it was on entirely. Provided their history with this tradition, many fans are getting more optimistic about their odds against the eventual winner of the Western Conference Finals.
"The Panthers didn't touch the Prince of Wales Trophy 👀

They touched the trophy last year and lost in the SCF 😅"

Whether or not the Florida Panthers will win their first Stanley Cup this year will undoubtedly rely more on the team's ability to score goals and block shots than an ages-old superstition. However, based on their dominant play and the inconsistency of their potential opponents in the Dallas Stars and Edmonton Oilers, they have a clear shot at a major franchise victory.
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Florida Panthers avoid touching Prince of Wales Trophy before Stanley Cup Finals

Will the Florida Panthers win the Stanley Cup this year?

Yes6031.7 %
If against Dallas126.3 %
If against Edmonton136.9 %
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