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A Dud In Big D: Dallas Stars 5, Florida Panthers 1

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The Florida Panthers fell to the Dallas Stars the same way they have dropped games all year: They lost the special teams battle and their stars were outperformed by the best players on the opposite side of the ice.

Florida went 0-for-4 on the power play and 0-for-1 on the penalty kill and it cost them as the host Stars walked away with a 5-1 victory.

Dallas was backstopped by two of their biggest stars via a two-goal performance by Jason Robertson and 27 saves by Jake Oettinger.

Oettinger came up especially huge, making 15 saves in a first period where the Panthers were hounding them.

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In an unfamiliar twist, the Panthers held a 7-4 lead in high-danger chances but they could not cash in on any of them.

Robertson broke the ice for the Stars late in the first period and they did not look back since.

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Even when Carter Verhaeghe appeared to give Panthers some momentum late in the second period by bringing the Panthers back to 2-1, Dallas snubbed that out less than a minute later.

Florida has now failed to secure a third win in a row after only their fourth occurrence of back-to-back wins at a time where they desperately needed it.

They are below .500 at 18-19-4 going into the second half of the season — one which does not get any easier from here.

The Panthers will close out a four-game road trip against the defending champion Colorado Avalanche and the Western Conference-leading Vegas Golden Knights.

THE GOALS OF THE GAME

  • Stars, 1, Panthers 0 (16:45, 1st): Jason Robertson picked up his own rebound and beat Spencer Knight short side.
  • Stars 2, Panthers 0 (10:03, 2nd, PPG) Nils Lundkvist buried a one-timer home off of a feed from Wyatt Johnston with two seconds remaining on the man advantage.
  • Stars 2, Panthers 1 (12:35, 2nd): Carter Verhaeghe picked up a Brandon Montour rebound and slotted the puck into the top corner.
  • Stars 3, Panthers 1 (13:14, 2nd): Esa Lindell caught the Panthers sleeping in the neutral zone, slipped into the offensive zone behind them and beat Knight glove side.
  • Stars 4, Panthers 1 (4:21, 3rd): Robertson picked up his second of the game on the breakaway seconds after a failed Florida power play expired.
  • Stars 5, Panthers 1 (15:49 3rd): Miro Hesikanen scores an empty-net goal from his own end.

ALL OETTER

The Panthers had no answer for Jake Oettinger early on.

Dallas’ star goaltender stopped all 13 shots he faced in the first period on seven high-danger chances. He continued his success into the second period, stopping seven more shots before Carter Verhaeghe broke through on a rebound.

SWAGGY WAS BUZZING

Verhaeghe created multiple scoring chances early on in the game.

He set the Panthers up early by drawing a slashing penalty with his speed on a breakaway opportunity early in the first and did not relent from there.

By the time he scored his 19th goal of the season late in the second, Verhaeghe had six shots on goal and eight shot attempts.

COLBY’S THREE STARS OF THE GAME

1. Jason Robertson, Dallas (2 goals)

2. Jake Oettinger, Dallas (27 saves)

3. Ryan Suter, Dallas (2 assists)

PANTHERS ON DECK

FLORIDA PANTHERS AT COLORADO AVALANCHE

  • When: Tuesday, 9:30 p.m.
  • Where: Ball Arena, Denver
  • TV/Streaming: Bally Sports Florida; ESPN+
  • Radio: WPOW 96.5-FM2; WBZT 1230-AM (Palm Beach); WCTH 100.3-FM (Florida Keys); SiriusXM
  • Panthers Radio Streaming: SiriusXM 932
  • Last season: Split 1-1
  • All-time regular season series: Colorado leads 26-11-5, 3 ties
  • Up Next for the Panthers: Thursday at Vegas, 10 p.m.

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JOHN REIDINGER

Team has not been the same since the Giroux trade last year. Spirit and team has been different mentally

Ric G

100 percent correct. Once Zito tried to change the squad before the Stanley Cup tourney, the team chemistry went down. Giroux is good and respected, but we had our own style of play and Zito with his tired old hockey mentality, was forcing a square peg in a round hole. He needs to go and take the coach with him.

surveyjay

Well, so much for that, no streak for us. Imo, goaltending let us down. That Sunqvist goal was a morale killer, the score was 2-1 Dallas, we had the momentum, Oettinger had just made two incredible saves on one end, and then Knight let’s in one from 15′, with no traffic in front, there’s no other way to describe it, that’s a soft goal. It does something to you when Their guy is standing on his head and your guy let’s in a beer league goal. It’s tough.

zeke1961

And the only silver lining, if you can call it that, is that P.M. got to savor a pointless free meal courtesy of his old pal P.D.

Mkslazz

Barkov, has only take 1 shot per game in the last 3 games. Not good enough for our best forward and being paid 10M

Ric B

Who fires a coach after winning the President’s trophy? Last year our guys were having fun and felt so confident with great chemistry. Coaching changes everything! Sad.

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