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Five things that happened the last time the Panthers had a playoff game

Pavel Bure #10

23 Feb 2000: Pavel Bure #10 of the Florida Panthers moves on the ice during the game against the Washington Capitals at the MCI Center in Washington, D.C. The Capitals defeated the Panthers 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Doug Pensinger /Allsport

Doug Pensinger

In celebration of the Florida Panthers’ first playoff game in over a decade (tonight at 7 p.m. ET on NHL Network), here are five things that happened on April 20, 2000, the day they made their last postseason appearance, losing 4-1 to New Jersey and getting swept out of the first round.

1. The New York Times ran a story about a college that had something called a “high-speed wireless network” which allowed students to “have laptops equipped with transceivers and antennas to pick up and transfer Internet signals.”

2. The St. Louis Cardinals knocked off the San Diego Padres, 14-1, at Busch Stadium. Mark McGwire failed to get a hit for the Cards, but he did score twice. And then for some reason he went into a rage and flipped over a car.

3. A bunch of people went to see Rules of Engagement, a military court drama starring Samuel L. Jackson and Tommy Lee Jones, and left disappointed.

4. While attending the Capital Radio awards in London, Britney Spears looked like this:

Britney Spears at the capital radio Awards in the Royal Lancaster Hotel London on April 20th 2000

LONDON - APRIL 20: American pop singer Britney Spears at the Capital Radio awards in the Royal Lancaster Hotel, London on April 20, 2000. Spears won the title of London’s Favourite International Female. (Photo by Dave Hogan/Getty Images)

Dave Hogan


5. The top song on the Billboard pop chart was this: