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Panthers owner asks fans to observe proper rat throwing etiquette

New Jersey Devils v Florida Panthers - Game Two

SUNRISE, FL - APRIL 15: The ice crew collects hundreds of plastic rats after the Florida Panthers defeated the New Jersey Devils in Game Two of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the BankAtlantic Center on April 15, 2012 in Sunrise, Florida. The Panthers defeated the Devils 4-2. (Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)

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During one of the Florida Panthers’ goals on Saturday, New Jersey Devils fans asked a legitimate question: why didn’t the Panthers receive a penalty when rats were thrown on the ice? Perhaps refs decided to give excited fans a mulligan - it’s been a while, after all - but to make sure it doesn’t happen again, Panthers president/CEO Michael Yormark is pleading with fans to hold onto them until the final whistle blows.

“Great win but fans, we cannot throw rats during the game,” Yormark said. “This has become a serious issue.”

Chances are, a future scenario will result in a delay of game penalty.

It almost makes you wonder if a nefarious Devils fan might just throw a rat or two, instead ...