When it comes to the Florida Panthers at home and on the road, it’s definitely the story of two kittens. After claiming four straight victories at FLA Live Arena, the Cats moved out of the friendly limits of Sunrise and lost 6-5 in a shootout to the Dallas Stars.
Aleksander Barkov scored a power-play goal on a Jonathan Huberdeau catch to open the scoring and a magnificent shorthanded goal to give the Panthers a 2-1 eighteen-second lead down the middle frame. Michael Raffl scored the Stars’ goal in the first period through John Klingberg and Radek Faksa. Barkov also got the second assist on Huberdeau’s goal with 29 seconds left in regulation time, earning the Cats a point.
After Denis Gurianov responded to Barkov’s shorty on the same power-play to tie the score at two, Patric Hornqvist put the Panthers back in the lead at 4:07 by deflecting Gustav Forsling’s pass through Braden Holtby. Radko Gudas collected the second assists on Hornqvist’s seventh.
The Stars went ahead thanks to goals from Jason Robertson and Tyler Seguin in 28 seconds before MacKenzie Weegar made it four with 2:43 left in second. Weegar took a center pass through Eetu Luostarinen’s lunge and made his way into the right circle before beating Holtby on the short side.
A gift from Sergei Bobrovsky allowed Gurianov to feed Jamie Benn for Dallas’ fifth goal at 6:26 of the third.
The Panthers sent the game into overtime with Bobrovsky on an additional forward. After Barkov won an offensive zone draw, Huberdeau wrestled with Aaron Ekblad, before unleashing a long wrist shot that escaped Holtby. It was Ekblad’s third assist of the evening. He also had assists on Barkov’s two goals.
Dallas outscored the Panthers 4-0 in overtime, but the Cats held on to get to the shootout, where the Stars secured a back-to-back conversion from Joe Pavelski and Robertson while Huberdeau and Anton Lundell came out empty. It’s in Raleigh with another run in the bag, but the road record sits at a very poor 4-4-5.
Giants & Dwarves
- Jonathan Huberdeau has amassed 10 points in his last four games. Huberdeau is second in the NHL in assists (32) and fourth in the league in scorers with 44 points.
- Joe Thornton became the sixth player in NHL history to play 1,700 regular season games, joining Patrick Marleau (1,779), Gordie Howe (1,767), Mark Messier (1,756), Jaromir Jagr (1,733 ) and Ron Francis (1731).
- Jason Robertson’s second-period goal extended his home scoring streak to nine games. He scored five goals and seven assists during the streak.
- Sergei Bobrovsky finished the match with 31 saves. As well as giving the Stars their fifth goal, he let Jamie Benn’s shot pass through allowing first-star Denis Gurianov, who finished with three points, to knock the puck over the goal line. .
- In addition to his goal, Patric Hornqvist collected his 10th assist of the season. Anton Lundell got the second assist on SHG from Aleksander Barkov.
- Braden Holtby faced 42 shots and made 37 saves for his sixth win of the season.
- Olli Juolevi replaced Lucas Carlsson, who scored in Tuesday’s win over Calgary, and only played 8:11 and was the only Panther to post a -2 odds.