Stars Hang On to beat Panthers 6-4
The Dallas stars completed his journey with a regulation win over the Florida panthers goes 2-0-1 on the trip and are now 6-3-2 in road games this season. Roope Hintz led his birthday with two goals on a night where the Stars dominated the first period and clung to the lead the rest of the way as the Panthers stormed back to close it out.
Four goals out of the gate
This game got off to a slow start for Dallas, with the first five shots of the game going to the Panthers. However, on the Stars’ first shot of the game, Hintz found the back of the net on a beautiful Seguin setup on a 2-on-1 run.
Roope Hintz and Jason Robertson extended their point streaks to a game-high 10 games for both players.
Nils Lundkvist scored his second of the period and his first as a Dallas star with an outstanding individual effort from a sharp angle.
Hard work on the boards by Wyatt Johnston led to Jamie Benn’s goal, which was also assisted by Ty Dellandrea just 37 seconds after Lundkvist scored his gem.
Benn continued his excellent play of late with another multi-point game with an assist on Dellandrea’s goal late in the game as well.
Just before the period ended, Tyler Seguin put the icing on the cake for the Stars. His 2-on-1 goal assisted by Mason Marchment came on a shot that trickled through the legs of Sergei Bobrovsky with just 8.3 seconds remaining.
Scott Wedgewood had an excellent first period stopping all 13 shots the Panthers took on him and keeping Dallas rolling despite two Panthers power plays.
The Panthers strike back in the second
Florida would come out and steal the momentum the Stars had built up in the opening period. Spencer Knight replaced Bobrovsky in net for Florida to start the second. Carter Verhaeghe started the scoring for the Panthers with a shot that beat Wedgewood over his glove with just six seconds left on his third power play of the game. Not long after, Dallas struck back in the form of another goal from birthday boy Roope Hintz, assisted by Robertson.
Florida got that goal back on a 2-on-1 goal by Eetu Luostarinen with an assist from Sam Bennett. With 5:55 left in the period and on a Dallas Stars power play, Scott Wedgewood was injured and stopped a rare Florida chance in a scary scene. Wedgewood ended up lying off the ice and was later reported to be walking and injured, but not seriously.
Jake Oettinger replaced Wedgewood in a game where four goaltenders hit the ice. Florida scored its third goal of the period at the end of another power play with a tip from Sam Reinhart on Aaron Ekblad’s blast to make it 5-3.
The stars hold on for victory
The final frame got a little physical and a little too exciting towards the end for Stars fans. The horrible memories of Panthers comebacks in the past had to be silenced because the Stars would finally be victorious. Matthew Tkachuk made it a one-goal game as he was all alone and slid one past Oettinger in the low slot.
In a game where Mason Marchment was returning to his old home and team, he made his presence known on a cut with Tkachuk down the stretch. After a curious penalty shootout (Peter DeBoer joked after the game that it might be the first time Tkachuk has been “instigated against”), the teams stayed even on the ice. Despite not going up a man in the final minutes, the Dallas Stars secured victory over the Panthers with an empty net goal by Ty Dellandrea for a 6-4 win.
The Stars head home for a four-game stretch after ending the road trip on a positive note. Dallas’ next game is Saturday, November 19th at 7:00 PM CDT against the New York Islanders. It begins a stretch of four home games in six nights around the American Thanksgiving holiday.
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