Miami Heat and Florida Panthers close in on Conference Finals with fans’ cheers (includes video story)

With the Eastern Conference Finals just a win away, the Miami Heat and the Florida Panthers looked to seal the deal Friday night.

There was an official watch party at Backyard, a Fort Lauderdale bar, for the Panthers, who were away in Toronto.

“I love the environment; I love the people; I live right by Downtown here and I just love seeing everybody so excited about it,” said Chelsea, a Panthers fan, about the watch parties. “It’s really fun.”

Both teams clinched spots in their respective conference finals on the same day, something that has never happened before.

The Miami Heat make their way to Boston to face the Celtics on Wednesday, while the Florida Panthers travel to face the Carolina Hurricanes on Thursday.

Correction: An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated when the Florida Panthers play the Carolina Hurricanes.

Tania Jimenez is a senior majoring in communication with a concentration in digital broadcasting. She is interested in sports. After graduation, she would like to continue her career journey in the world of sports media.