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Panthers fans late to work or school Friday morning? There's a pass for that

Humorous pass widely shared on social media after Florida's 4th OT win at Carolina
Panthers Pass after longest game in franchise history, May 19, 2023
Posted at 1:41 PM, May 19, 2023
and last updated 2023-05-19 13:47:41-04

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — The Florida Panthers played the Carolina Hurricanes in the opening game of the Eastern Conference final series Thursday night. But they didn't finish until early Friday.

Those fans who stayed awake for Florida's marathon 3-2 win at the 19:47 mark in the fourth overtime likely didn't get to bed until after 2 a.m. Friday, about six hours after the puck drop.

It was the longest game in franchise history for both teams, and it ranks as the sixth-longest game in NHL history.

Florida Panthers center Aleksander Barkov celebrates goal with teammates as Carolina Hurricanes right winger Jesper Fast skates away during second period of Game 1 of NHL Eastern Conference final, May 18, 2023

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That humor wasn't lost on the Panthers, whose social media accounts won the pre-dawn hours.

The Panthers shared a get-to-job-or-school-late pass in jest at 2:22 a.m. on Twitter, recognizing the likelihood that many fans didn't anticipate an ending to an instant classic that stretched into the wee hours of the next day.

Accompanying the post was a message: "By order of the Florida Panthers:"

It garnered more than 879,000 views and had more than 13,000 likes by midday Friday.

The same post wound up on the team's Facebook and Instagram accounts.

Of course, it begs the question: How many fans printed out the passes and tried to put them to use?

The Panthers will be back in action Saturday night.