Tomas Fleischmann clinched a Southeast Division championship at Verizon Center four years ago today, when he scored to help the Caps defeat the Panthers in the final game of the regular season.
Now, the skate will be on the other foot.
Fleischmann will be the Panthers’ top-line left wing as Florida aims to wrap up the only division title in franchise history and its first playoff berth in 12 years.
“First goal,” Fleischmann said with a smile when asked which goal he scored April 5, 2008, the day Bruce Boudreau and the Caps completed their improbable charge from last pace to the playoffs with a memorable 3-1 win on F Street.
“It’s kind of same feeling,” added Fleischmann, the Panthers’ leading scorer this season with 27 goals and 34 assists. “You just want to clinch the division and make the playoffs. Everything is on the line.”