Panthers down Stars in shootout
SUNRISE, Fla. -- Aleksander Barkov and Vincent Trocheck scored in the shootout to lift the Florida Panthers to a 4-3 victory over the Dallas Stars on Tuesday night at the BB&T Center.
Earlier in the game, Florida's Jonathan Huberdeau, who missed practice Monday because of an illness, scored two power-play goals.
Huberdeau, the left winger on Florida's top line, leads the Panthers with 21 points (seven goals, 14 assists).
He gave the Panthers a 2-0 lead with his two first-period goals, both at close range. On the first goal, Huberdeau took a pass from Trocheck and was in alone on Dallas goalie Kari Lehtonen. On the second goal, Huberdeau tapped in a perfect pass from Barkov.
Florida (6-9-2) got no points but gritty contributions from rookie forwards Curtis Valk and Dryden Hunt. Valk, 24, centered the fourth line and became the fourth Panthers player to make his NHL debut this season. Hunt, a left winger, played on the second line. He made his NHL debut earlier this season along with Florida's Owen Tippett and Chase Balisy.
Dallas (9-8-1), which has lost four of its past six games, was led by Jamie Benn, who scored two goals. Teammate Alexander Radulov picked up two assists and has at least one point in nine consecutive games.
Roberto Luongo, Florida's 38-year-old goalie who is fourth on the NHL career wins list with 456, made 40 saves for the victory.
Lehtonen, who is the Dallas backup, made 26 saves.
Dallas took its first lead of the game with 12:03 expired in the second period on a goal by fourth-line right winger Remi Elie. He took a pass from Jason Spezza and fired a backhander that went in off defenseman MacKenzie Weegar's stick.
Florida tied the score 3-3 with 2:55 expired in the third. Barkov tipped in a shot by defenseman Mike Matheson.
NOTES: Dallas rested G Ben Bishop. He is 7-5-0 with a 2.68 goals-against average this season. ... Dallas D Marc Methot (lower-body injury) missed his sixth straight game. ... Dallas' healthy scratches were C Gemel Smith and RW Brett Ritchie. ... Panthers C Derek MacKenzie (lower-body injury) missed his first game of the season. He is day-to-day. ... Panthers D Alex Petrovic was a healthy scratch for the third straight game, his longest inactive streak of the season. ... Panthers C Jared McCann, who has missed eight of his past nine games, was placed on injured reserve but could return this weekend. ... G Antti Niemi, who was waived by Florida on Monday, was signed by the Montreal Canadiens. ... Florida plays its next three games on the road. ... Dallas' three-game road trip ends Thursday at the Tampa Bay Lightning.