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Carter Verhaeghe gets a hat trick as Panthers win in Dallas

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Florida Panthers forward Carter Verheaghe now leads the team with 15 goals after getting a hat trick Saturday against the host Dallas Stars. // Photo courtesy @FlaPanthers

When he scored just 24 seconds into the game, you kind of knew it would be that kind of a night for Carter Verhaeghe as the Panthers played in Dallas.

Verhaeghe not only scored his first power play goal of the season, but he got his first shorthanded goal as well en route to a hat trick and a 4-3 overtime win against the host Stars.

Aaron Ekblad was the only other Florida player to score as he got the OT winner to snap the team’s three-game losing streak.

Ekblad had apparently scored the winner moments before but was ruled offside.

”I was discouraged, very discouraged. That one hurt,” Ekblad said. “Right after, (Ulf Samuelson) put me back out there and gave me the opportunity. Bob made a great blocker save and that’s the only reason we were able to go and do that.”

The second one, with just 10 seconds left, counted.

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”You’re thinking ‘what a chance’ and it’s over and then it is offside,” Joel Quenneville said.

“I don’t think I have ever seen anyone score two goals in an overtime game. So that can go down as one of the better moves we have seen.”

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