The Dallas Stars didn't get a win on the road Tuesday night in Florida, but they did get one point. The Stars battled back from an early 2-0 deficit and dominated the game at times, but ended up falling, 4-3, to the Panthers at BB&T Center.
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"We should have won the hockey game. We deserved a much better fate," Stars coach Ken Hitchcock said. "The second period was the best we've played on the road all year. We played well in the third. We had lots of chances. We played a hell of a hockey game."
Florida jumped on the Stars early, scoring twice on the power play to take a 2-0 lead. But the Stars scored late in the first to cut into the lead and then dominated the second period and pulled ahead 3-2. Florida scored the game-tying goal just after another power play expired. And the game ended up getting settled in a shootout.
Tuesday's game was a step forward from Monday's 5-1 loss at Carolina where the Stars were outscored 4-0 in the third period.
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"It was better compete from everybody," said Stars center Tyler Seguin. "Closer to a 60-minute effort which is what we were looking for after last game. Obviously not the result, but sometimes at the end of the third period you want to get that point and see what could happen in an overtime and shootout. It's unfortunate not to get that extra one, but it's something to build on."
Jamie Benn scored two goals, Remi Elie scored one goal, and Alexander Radulov chipped in two assists. Kari Lehtonen got the start in goal and stopped 26 of 29 shots in regulation and overtime and one of three in the shootout.
The Stars fell to 3-6-1 on the road and to 9-8-1 overall.
Jonathan Huberdeau scored two goals and Aleksander Barkov also scored. Roberto Luongo stopped 40 shots in regulation and overtime and two of three in the shootout for the Panthers (6-9-2).
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"It was a great start by us," said Florida coach Bob Boughner. The second period was obviously our downfall a little bit. We talked in between periods about getting back to our identity; doing the things we do well when we're playing our game. We did that in the third. We came out with a lot of juice. There was a lot of good things tonight."
The Panthers jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first period, cashing in on two of their first three power plays in the game. Vincent Trocheck set up Huberdeau who scored from close-range 5:13 into the game to give Florida a 1-0 lead. Huberdeau struck again on the power play, redirecting an Aleksander Barkov pass into the net to make it a 2-0 game at 15:23 of the first.
But less than two minutes later the Stars got on the board when Alexander Radulov set up Benn on a two-on-one rush, and the Dallas captain scored to cut the Florida lead to 2-1.
The Stars dominated the second period, outshooting the Panthers 18-4 and scoring twice to take a 3-2 lead. The Stars recorded 13 of the first 14 shots in the period, but Luongo was proving a tough nut to crack until he turned over the puck behind his net and it resulted in Benn scoring into an open net to tie the game 2-2 at 10:56 of the second.
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"We were led by Benn and his line," said Hitchcock. "He showed why he's the captain. He had a hell of a hockey game. He really took it in seriously and he did a heck of a job today."
Just 67 seconds later the Stars grabbed a 3-2 lead. After Martin Hanzal won an offensive zone draw, Jason Spezza set up Elie whose backhand shot deflected into the net off a Florida stick.
Florida went on a power play early in the third and Luongo came up big for the Panthers, stopping Stars forward Devin Shore on a shorthanded breakaway. Just 21 seconds later, the Panthers tied the game 3-3 when a Mike Matheson shot bounced off traffic right to Barkov who tipped the puck past Lehtonen at the 2:55 mark.
Both teams had great chances in 3-on-3 overtime. Luongo made a great stop on a Radulov close-range bid early in the period, and Florida's Colton Sceviour fired wide on a prime scoring chance later in the frame.
In the shootout, Seguin scored for the Stars, but Luongo stopped Benn and Radulov. Barkov and Trocheck scored on their shootout attempts to give the Panthers the extra point.
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The Stars are 1-1 in games that have gone beyond regulation this season.
Stars forward Alexander Radulov extended his points streak to nine games (five goals, eight assists).
The Stars outshot the Panthers 43-29 and had a 57-49 advantage in shot attempts.
Jamie Benn led the Stars with seven shots on goal. John Klingberg led the Stars with nine shot attempts.
The Stars were 0-2 on the power play and 3-5 on the penalty kill.
The Stars won 32 of 64 faceoffs (50 percent). Jamie Benn won 12 of 21 (57 percent). Tyler Seguin won 10 of 20 (50 percent). Martin Hanzal won 5 of 10 (50 percent).
John Klingberg led the Stars with 24:30 of ice time. Tyler Seguin was tops among Dallas forwards with 22:12.
Video: 'We deserved a much better fate'
The Stars wrap up their road trip Thursday when they play at Tampa Bay. It will be the first meeting of the season between the two teams. The Lightning have won four straight and own the NHL's best record at 14-2-2.
Video: Seguin reacts to shootout loss
Mattias Janmark - Jamie Benn - Alexander Radulov
Jason Dickinson - Tyler Seguin - Devin Shore
Antoine Roussel - Radek Faksa - Jason Spezza
Remi Elie - Martin Hanzal - Tyler Pitlick
Esa Lindell - John Klingberg
Dan Hamhuis - Greg Pateryn
Jamie Oleksiak - Stephen Johns
Scratched: Brett Ritchie, Gemel Smith
Injured: Marc Methot (lower body)
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