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Takeaways as Panthers' top line dominates in win over Stars

Jordan McPherson, Miami Herald on

Published in Hockey

SUNRISE, Fla. — The Florida Panthers watched as their two-goal lead disappeared in the first four and a half minutes of the third period on Wednesday.

They didn’t have to wait long to get their lead back — and keep it — en route to a 5-4 win over the Dallas Stars at Amerant Bank Arena.

Florida improved to 15-8-2 and snapped its three-game home losing streak. Dallas fell to 14-7-3.

After Dallas tied the game at 3-3, Aleksander Barkov scored the go-ahead goal 4:52 into the third period, burying a wrist shot from the side of the net after the puck bounced off the glass behind the net. Evan Rodrigues gave the Panthers a needed fifth goal at the tail end of a power play with 12 minutes left to play. Rodrigues also scored the first goal of the game 4:39 into regulation. Sam Reinhart and Carter Verhaeghe also scored for Florida.

Radek Faksa, Mason Marchment, Evgenii Dadonov and Thomas Harley scored for Dallas, with the goals from Marchment and Harley coming on the power play.

The Panthers wrap up their three-game homestand against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Friday, with puck drop scheduled for 7 p.m. After that, they play their next five games on the road, starting Sunday against the Columbus Blue Jackets before playing four games in Western Canada.

 

Here are three takeaways from the game:

Top line dominates

The bulk of the Panthers’ offensive production on Wednesday came from its top forward line of Rodrigues, Barkov and Reinhart.

They scored four of Florida’s five goals, with three of those tallies coming at even strength.

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