What's next? Can this team finish off perhaps the greatest surprise in NHL history? Can it handle this final challenge from Patrick Roy and the Avalanche, yet another team that appears more talented? Will the Panthers be the first hockey team to have a mambo or a tango or a cha-cha-cha written in honor of its accomplishments? Will fans in Golden Age neighborhoods turn up their hearing aids and slow down their pacemakers for the finals? Has Fidel Castro been watching and enjoying? Is the puck truly made of steel? Or just the men? What?
"They call me Ratman," Platt says in his cheese hat that's filled with rats. "I'll be there."
"Are you the only Ratman?" he is asked. "Or are there other Ratmen, too?"
"There's a guy, wears a whole rat suit," Platt says. "You'll see him. I'm told he's a psychiatrist in the real world."