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Khudobin makes 30 saves, Stars shut out Panthers

Seguin has two goals, assist to help Dallas to sixth win in past eight games

by Alain Poupart / NHL.com Correspondent

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DAL@FLA: Khudobin slides over to stop Hoffman

Mike Hoffman winds up and blasts a one-timer on the power play, but Anton Khudobin slides across to deny the chance in the 3rd

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SUNRISE, Fla. -- Anton Khudobin made 30 saves in his second shutout of the season when the Dallas Stars defeated the Florida Panthers 3-0 at BB&T Center on Tuesday.

Khudobin, making his third consecutive start in place of injured Ben Bishop, had a 49-save shutout against the Nashville Predators on Dec. 27.

"To get the result in this league, overall everybody has to (chip in)," Khudobin said. "I have to do my job, they have to block the shots, we have to play good in front of me, I have to help them overall. It's not easy to get the W's in this league. To get it, especially a shutout, everybody played really well."

 

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Tyler Seguin had two goals and an assist and Esa Lindell scored for the Stars (29-22-5), who are 6-1-1 in their past eight games. Alexander Radulov had two assists.

Seguin has six goals and three assists in seven games since the Stars returned from their break.

"Over that break I just took some time to -- I don't want to say reset, but it was a good break," Seguin said. "It was refreshing for me. I just felt a little more boost of energy. Personally just feeling good and glad the puck is going in."

Video: DAL@FLA: Hintz, Seguin combine to open the scoring

Panthers goalie Roberto Luongo made 16 saves but did not get his 484th victory, which would have tied Ed Belfour for third place on the NHL's all-time list.

The Panthers, who outshot the Stars 30-19, had been the only team in the NHL without a shutout loss this season.

"The chances that we give up are way too quality of chances," center Vincent Trocheck said. "We didn't really give (Luongo) a chance on those two goals that they scored. And as a forward group, we gotta be better. We gotta be able to puck in the net. Obviously you're not going to win games if you don't score any goals."

The Panthers came in with the second-ranked power play in the NHL but were 0-for-4 with the man advantage. They also were 0-for-4 in their 5-2 loss against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Sunday.

Video: Clutch Performance: Seguin nets two goals, one assist

"We've got to clean some things up," Trocheck said. "We'll look at some video, go back. Obviously, our power play, with the personnel that we have, we should be scoring like we have the rest of the year."

Seguin opened the scoring at 11:47 of the first period with a backhand redirect of a pass from Roope Hintz.

Hintz, a rookie from Finland, joined Seguin's line for this game.

"Great play by Roope Hintz," Seguin said. "He made that pass. It's the only way that goal was going in was because of him. Even more importantly, that shot block he had in the second period (was big). He's doing the little things and he's getting rewarded for it."

Lindell made it 2-0 at 12:39 of the second when he redirected Seguin's pass across the front of the net.

Video: DAL@FLA: Lindell doubles the lead from in close

Seguin scored an empty-net goal at 17:48 of the third period.

Panthers coach Bob Boughner moved Trocheck from center to wing to skate with Aleksander Barkov in the third period.

"We didn't lose the game because we played bad in our end or we had a ton of breakdowns," Boughner said. "We lost the game because we didn't generate an offense and they did."

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They said it

"I liked how everybody battled so hard. Obviously (Khudobin) was excellent, but the blocked shots we had on the PK. … We had to have a couple of guys get X-rays just to make sure their bones weren't broken from the blocked shots. I mean, that's a team commitment to our identity, and I'm just really proud of the positive talk on the bench. It was a real good group effort. It wasn't pretty, but it's the way we play." -- Stars coach Jim Montgomery

 

"I can't sit here and say, hey, we didn't play great or we didn't compete or we weren't urgent enough. It was a bit of a blah game for both teams, I think, and it was whoever was going to capitalize on their chances." -- Panthers coach Bob Boughner

 

Need to know

Panthers forward Jamie McGinn played 9:42 in his first game of the season after having back surgery in September. … Florida had a 35-21 advantage in face-offs. … Dallas had 20 blocked shots, including four each by defensemen John Klingberg and Roman Polak. … Panthers rookie defenseman Josh Brown had six hits, one-third of the team total. … Panthers defensemen Keith Yandle and Aaron Ekblad were on the ice for all three Stars goals.

 

What's next

Stars: At the Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday (7:30 p.m. ET; ESPN+, SN1, SNE, SNP, SUN, FS-SW, NHL.TV)

Panthers: Host the Calgary Flames on Thursday (7 p.m. ET; FS-F, SNW, NHL.TV)

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