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Acciari's second straight hat trick propels Panthers past Stars

Scores three times in second period, including on penalty shot; Huberdeau has four points @NHLdotcom

Acciari's second-period hat trick

DAL@FLA: Acciari scores natural hat trick in 3:59

Noel Acciari scores three goals in a 3:59 span during the second period to record a hat trick in consecutive games for the Panthers

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Noel Acciari scored his second straight hat trick, and Jonathan Huberdeau had four points for the Florida Panthers in a 7-4 win against the Dallas Stars at BB&T Center on Friday.

Acciari had a natural hat trick in a 3:59 span in the second period after scoring three goals in a 6-1 win against the Ottawa Senators on Monday. He became the second player in Panthers history to score a hat trick in consecutive games, joining Pavel Bure, who did it on Feb. 10 and 14, 2001.

"I just put pucks on net," Acciari said. "Good things happen."


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Huberdeau had a goal and three assists, and Sergei Bobrovsky made 27 saves for the Panthers (17-12-5), who finished a nine-game homestand 5-4-0.

"It's crazy," Huberdeau said. "It's cool for Noel. I think our line is clicking right now. We're being simple. We talk each other. I think we try to figure out where we are on the ice and forechecking well too. Obviously, it's a big win for us."

Video: DAL@FLA: Huberdeau spots loose puck, nets PPG

Joe Pavelski had an assist in his 1,000th NHL game, and Tyler Seguin scored twice for the Stars (20-13-4), who have lost two of three since a five-game point streak (4-0-1).

"We've played a lot of good hockey for a long stretch," Pavelski said. "These last couple games, it's a good league. You probably get what you deserve most nights. ... Tonight, what we got was probably what we deserved. They're a good team. We weren't ready to go from puck drop, and we were exposed." 

Acciari's first two goals came 32 seconds apart, giving Florida a 6-1 lead. He went five-hole on a one-timer, pushing the lead to 5-1 at 7:26 of the second period, before scoring on another one-timer at 7:58.

After being hooked by John Klingberg on a shorthanded breakaway, Acciari went five-hole on a penalty shot to make it 7-1 with his NHL career-high 11th goal at 11:25 of the second.

"He's like the best guy in the world, so to see him score back-to-back hat tricks, it couldn't happen to a better guy," Panthers forward Vincent Trocheck said. "It was a lot of fun watching him turn into Noel Gretzky out there, so hopefully it continues."

Seguin cut it to 7-2 on power play at 16:38 of the second before scoring again to make it 7-3 at 7:03 of the third. Jamie Benn scored for the 7-4 final with 6:58 remaining.

Dallas outshot Florida 15-9 in the second period, when it was outscored 5-1.

"It was good to see that we didn't quit, we did keep fighting," Stars coach Rick Bowness said. "I give the guys credit for that after being down by that score but again the opposition had a six-goal cushion. At least we didn't accept it either, we did fight back, so we hope that carries into Sunday."

Huberdeau, who had four assists against the Senators, opened the scoring on a power play for a 1-0 lead at 4:37 of the first period.

Denis Gurianov tied it 1-1 at 13:10 before Anton Stralman scored off Dallas forward Roope Hintz's skate, putting Florida ahead 2-1 at 14:48 of the first.

Trocheck made it 3-1 at 1:21 of the second, and Colton Sceviour scored from the left circle, extending the lead to 4-1 at 2:52.

Ben Bishop was pulled after allowing six goals on 20 shots for Dallas. Anton Khudobin made 12 saves in relief.

"When we play good defense it leads to offense, and I think that showed in the past two games but we can't stray away from that," Acciari said. "I think we got a little away from it in the third, and they kind of creeped back a little. We've just got to make sure we're playing a full 60 minutes and we're a tough team to beat."

Video: DAL@FLA: Trocheck chips home puck from down low


They said it

"I thought we were half a step behind early. That's a rested team that we knew could score goals. They're very highly skilled. They were coming at us. We just didn't manage the game properly early. ... We got what was coming to us." -- Stars coach Rick Bowness

"The odds, or the percentages, of that happening, I'd like to have placed that bet one time. I wouldn't know what the odds would be. That was a great couple of games for him." -- Panthers coach Joel Quenneville on Acciari's back-to-back hat tricks

Video: Noel Acciari's second hat trick in as many games


Need to know

Huberdeau is the second player in Panthers history to have at least four points in consecutive games. Jozef Stumpel did it on Dec. 16 and 19, 2006. ... Bobrovsky improved to 13-1-1 in 15 games against Dallas... Florida defenseman Keith Yandle played his 831st consecutive game, passing Dallas forward Andrew Cogliano for the fourth-longest streak in NHL history. He is behind Doug Jarvis (964), Garry Unger (914) and Steve Larmer (884). ... Seguin extended his point streak to five games (four goals, three assists). ... Acciari's hat trick was the fastest in Panthers history. Steve Reinprecht, who previously held the record, scored three goals in 5:11 on Oct. 30, 2009. ... Stars forward Alexander Radulov did not play with a lower-body injury. ... Dallas allowed at least seven goals for the first time since a 7-4 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs on Oct. 9, 2018.


What's next

Stars: Host the Calgary Flames on Sunday (7 p.m. ET; NHLN, SN, TVAS, FS-SW, NHL.TV)

Panthers: At the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday (7 p.m. ET; FS-CR, FS-F, NHL.TV)

Video: Acciari collects second straight hat trick in 7-4 win

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