The Florida Panthers appear to have a stripper puzzle in hand.
According to a number of Florida radio personalities, some players were reportedly Saw a party at a strip club as late as 3 a.m. Monday morning, following their Game 3 loss to Lightning that put the Panthers in a 3-0 series gap.
Panthers interim head coach Andrew Brunette has ended rumors that his players partied into the wee hours ahead of their Monday night elimination game – in which the Lightning beat Tampa Bay 2-0 to earn a series in the second round of 2022 Sweep complete NHL playoffs.
“These things, I guess, happen in our universe.” said brunette Monday. “Check your sources. That was not the case (Monday) night.”
Panthers players have yet to publicly address the report until Tuesday.
However, Miami-based reporter Andy Slater confirmed the radio show’s reports.
“Brunette wants the sources checked. No problem. I just checked out my strip club sources who are the best in the business. The report from The Pat and Aaron Show is true.” Slater tweeted.
The top-ranked Panthers are now the first Presidents’ Trophy winners to be swept out of a playoff series since the Lightning were ousted by Columbus in the first round in 2019.
“Special teams were an issue for me,” said Brunette, whose team edged out the Capitals in six games in the first round. “I take a lot of blame for the power play, it was my fault. Should be better, must be better. Really disappointed in myself for that.”
Panthers defenseman Aaron Ekblad said the second-round result was “a hard pill to swallow. Getting swept is tough. It hurts. It’s on fire,” he continued. “There’s no doubt about that.”
The Lightning are now continuing their quest for a three-peat in the Eastern Conference Finals against the Hurricanes-Rangers series winner. Carolina leads 2-1 with Game 4 taking place Tuesday night at Madison Square Garden.
https://nypost.com/2022/05/24/florida-panthers-were-at-strip-club-before-nhl-playoffs-sweep-radio-hosts/ The Florida Panthers were in the strip club before the NHL playoffs: radio hosts