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ANIMATED: Panthers Fans Throw Rats On The Ice

The Florida Panthers were able to pick up their first playoff win in over a decade on Sunday night, beating the New Jersey Devils 4-2. Panthers fans brought out and old trick they used to do back in the late 90's, throwing rats onto the ice, the infamous "Rat Trick".

The Rat Trick was born during the Panthers run to the Stanley Cup finals in 1996 when Scott Mellanby killed a rat in the locker room prior to the game by shooting it across the locker room. It stuck and fans threw rats on the ice, just like they did on Sunday night.

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