For the first time in nearly 30 years, the Panthers are headed to the Stanley Cup Final.
Florida continued its 2023 Cinderella run with a sweep of Carolina in the East Finals, moving four wins away from a championship that seemed extremely unlikely at the start of the playoffs.
The Panthers do not have an extensive postseason history. In comparison to the rest of the league, Florida is a newer franchise, with its first season in the league coming in 1993. This year's run is already the second-furthest the team has ever gotten in the NHL playoffs.
The Sporting News takes a look at the last time the Panthers won the Stanley Cup and their complete playoff history.
When was the last time the Panthers won the Stanley Cup?
The Panthers have never won a Stanley Cup.
In fact, Florida had only made it to one Stanley Cup Final before this season. That came in 1996 when the Panthers faced off against the Avalanche.
Goaltender John Vanbiesbrouck carried the team in what was dubbed the Year of the Rat, bringing the third-year expansion club to the finals. However, Colorado swept Florida in four games to win the Stanley Cup.
How many Stanley Cups have the Panthers won?
Florida is one of 12 NHL clubs that have never won a Stanley Cup.
In addition to the Panthers, the Coyotes, Sabres, Blue Jackets, Wild, Predators, Sharks, Jets, Senators, Canucks, Golden Knights and Kraken have never won a championship in NHL history.
Panthers playoff history
The Panthers' playoff history is not very extensive.
Excluding the 2023 postseason, Florida won more series (three) during the 1996 run to the Stanley Cup Final than every other season combined (one). The club's first-round series win against the Capitals last year was the franchise's first since 1996.
Here is a complete look at the Panthers' playoff history.
|2021-22||Lost in Second Round|
|2020-21||Lost in First Round|
|2019-20||Lost in Qualifying Round|
|2018-19||Did not qualify|
|2017-18||Did not qualify|
|2016-17||Did not qualify|
|2015-16||Lost in First Round|
|2014-15||Did not qualify|
|2013-14||Did not qualify|
|2012-13||Did not qualify|
|2011-12||Lost in Conference Quarterfinals|
|2010-11||Did not qualify|
|2009-10||Did not qualify|
|2008-09||Did not qualify|
|2007-08||Did not qualify|
|2006-07||Did not qualify|
|2005-06||Did not qualify|
|2004-05||Season canceled due to lockout|
|2003-04||Did not qualify|
|2002-03||Did not qualify|
|2001-02||Did not qualify|
|2000-01||Did not qualify|
|1999-00||Lost in Conference Quarterfinals|
|1998-99||Did not qualify|
|1997-98||Did not qualify|
|1996-97||Lost in Conference Quarterfinals|
|1995-96||Lost in Stanley Cup Final|
|1994-95||Did not qualify|
|1993-94||Did not qualify|