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Florida Panthers fire back at their critics in video

By Brian Stubits | CBSSports.com

Hating on the Florida Panthers and their three seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs? Well they (or their ever-creative marketing department) have a message for you.

Also, enjoy some Joan Jett, a little bonus for watching the video.

So take that!

I get what the Panthers are doing, fostering an "us against the world" mentality and getting their fans pumped up for the playoffs, something they don't see much.

I don't want to rain on their parade too much here because it is a good story -- I think so, at least -- but how much of the criticism was really unfounded? Facts are facts and it's a fact that they have one of the worst goal differentials we've ever seen in the playoffs.

Then again it's also a fact that they made the playoffs as the Southeast Division champs. The fans in Florida don't care one iota about everybody else across the continent putting them down.

And oh, by the way, almost nobody is picking you to win this series either, Florida, nobody here is. So if that's ammunition, go ahead and take it. I can admit I would like to see them do well after struggling for so long.

H/t to Puck Daddy

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