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Attendance woes: Panthers reportedly set third-lowest crowd in franchise history

Panthers Attendance Woes Hockey

Hockey fans look on during the third period of an NHL hockey game between the Florida Panthers and the Ottawa Senators, Monday, Oct. 13, 2014 in Sunrise, Fla. The Senators defeated the Panthers 1-0 in front of the smallest crowd in Panthers history. Their announced crowd of 7,311 on Monday night was not only a franchise all-time worst, smashing the previous low of 10,063, it was the smallest attendance figure for an NHL game in almost three years. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

The Associated Press

A Saturday afternoon game between the Calgary Flames and Florida Panthers may not have been the most compelling match-up.

The Panthers had a one-goal leading heading into the third period, but gave up three unanswered goals in the final 20 minutes in a 6-4 loss to the Flames. So not only did Florida lose the game and two points, but only 9,230 fans - the announced crowd, according to George Richards of the Miami Herald - showed up to witness it.

Yes, the Panthers’ attendance woes continue. This wasn’t their smallest crowd in franchise history, but it ranks right up there.

This has been nothing new for the Panthers, who sit two points back of the eighth-place New York Rangers in the Eastern Conference standings and had been getting some positive results in recent days, but it seems even worse this year.

They had fewer than 11,500 fans for their 2014-15 home opener, and it’s been getting progressively worse with record lows in attendance.

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