Vatrano’s power-play OT purpose leads Panthers previous Stars 3-2

Frank Vatrano scored a power-play purpose with 1:51 left in additional time to offer the Florida Panthers a 3-2 win over the Dallas Stars

DALLAS — Frank Vatrano scored a power-play purpose with 1:51 left in additional time, and the Florida Panthers beat the Dallas Stars 3-2 on Tuesday evening.

Aleksander Barkov and Radko Gudas scored in regulation, and Chris Driedger made 24 saves for the Panthers, who snapped a three-game shedding streak and matched Tampa Bay and Carolina with 58 factors atop the Central Division.

Jason Robertson and Joe Pavelski scored, and Anton Khudobin stopped 28 pictures for the Stars, who’re seven factors out of the division’s final playoff spot with 15 video games remaining after taking part in in final season’s Stanley Cup Ultimate.

Vatrano scored his fifth game-winning purpose of the season, his third in additional time, on a slap shot from the correct circle with six seconds left in a tripping penalty on Jamie Benn.

“It’s enormous, particularly late within the season once we’re making an attempt to go up within the standings,” Vatrano stated. “Anytime you rating a purpose it’s unbelievable.”

“He does have the aptitude for the large – however he does make some good pictures,” Panthers coach Joel Quenneville stated.

Barkov opened the scoring from shut vary, slipping the puck by means of Khudobin’s pads at 11:50 of the primary interval for his team-high 18th purpose of the season. Solely 52 seconds later, Roberson tied the rating by lifting the puck over Driedger from the low slot.

Gudas’ purpose on a shot from the correct level deflected off the stick of Dallas ahead Rhett Gardner between the circles and caught the underside of the crossbar 2:45 into the second interval for the bodily defenseman’s first purpose since January 2020 with Washington.

“Glad I lastly received one by means of,” Gudas stated. “I received just a little fortunate there.”

Pavelski scored his team-high sixteenth, his first in 11 video games, at 8:26 of the third interval to tie the rating at 2-2.

“You’ve received to make your personal luck at instances,” Pavelski stated.

SHARING THE WEALTH IN NET

Driedger, Florida’s backup to Sergei Bobrovsky, got here into play seventh within the NHL with a 2.05 goals-against common and has alternated begins in latest weeks. The spotlight of his evening got here halfway by means of the third interval, when he sprawled backward to make a cease together with his stick on the purpose line after a rebound caromed again off the skate of Panthers defenseman Anton Stralman.

“It type of pinballed round in entrance of me just a little bit,” Driedger stated. “You simply go straight intuition mode. Luckily, I used to be simply in a position to catch it sufficient with the hook of my blade.”

LATE TROUBLES

The Stars are 1-6 in additional time video games, two losses to Florida, and 1-6 in shootouts.

“We have been proper there,” Pavelski stated. “They’re tight video games. We’ve received to discover a method to get that further level.”

WISH YOU WERE HERE

The Stars performed for the primary time in six video games with out heart Roope Hintz, second on the group with 13 objectives and 32 factors taking part in solely 29 video games whereas dealing many of the season with a nagging decrease physique damage.

Panthers ahead Carter Verhaeghe, with 17 objectives, missed his first sport of the season with an higher physique damage.

NOTES

Robertson, with 12 objectives and 29 factors, went into play tied for second within the NHL amongst rookies in objectives and second in factors. … Barkov has 5 objectives and 7 factors in six video games after lacking six video games with a decrease physique damage. … Florida defenseman Markus Nutivaara assisted on Barkov’s purpose, his first level since Feb. 4. … Benn had two assists. … Defenseman Sami Vatanen performed his first sport for Dallas after being claimed off waivers from New Jersey on Monday, on the third pairing plus some energy play time.

UP NEXT

Panthers: Go to Tampa Bay on Thursday for the fifth of six straight street video games.

Stars: Start a two-game dwelling sequence vs. Columbus on Thursday.

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