Stars defeat Panthers in shootout after 16-day break

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DALLAS — Denis Gurianov had a goal and two assists for the Dallas Stars in a 6-5 shootout win against the Florida Panthers at American Airlines Center on Thursday.

Jamie Benn had a goal and an assist, John Klingberg had two assists, and Braden Holtby made 37 saves for Dallas (16-12-2), which was playing in its first game since a 7-4 win against the Minnesota Wild on Dec. 20, 2021.

Aleksander Barkov scored twice, Patric Hornqvist and Jonathan Huberdeau each had a goal and an assist, and Aaron Ekblad had three assists for Florida (22-7-5), which is 4-0-1 in the past five games. Sergei Bobrovsky made 31 saves.

Barkov scored on a slap shot from the high slot for a power-play goal to give the Panthers a 1-0 lead at 8:28 of the first period. He has scored at least one point in 17 of his 21 games this season.

Michael Raffl tied it 1-1 at 12:53, redirecting a Klingberg point shot from the slot past Bobrovsky.

Barkov restored the Panthers’ lead 18 seconds into the second period with a shorthanded goal to make it 2-1.

Gurianov swept the puck into the net to tie the game 2-2 on the power play at 1:46 after Benn’s shot squeaked through Bobrovsky.

Hornqvist made it 3-2 for the Panthers at 4:07 when he tipped in Gustav Forsling shot.

Dallas scored twice in 28 seconds to take its first lead of the game when Jason Robertson scored on a point shot through traffic to tie it 3-3 at 13:10, and Tyler Seguin scored on a diving backhand to make it 4-3 at 13:38.

MacKenzie Weegar tied it 4-4 at 17:17 with a short-side shot from the right circle.

Gurianov forced a turnover and Benn capitalized give the Stars a 5-4 lead at 6:26 of the third period.

Jonathan Huberdeau scored on a 6-5 with 28 seconds left to tie the game 5-5.

Panthers forward Joe Thornton played in his 1,700th NHL game. He is the sixth player to reach the milestone, joining Patrick Marleau (1,779), Gordie Howe (1,767), Mark Messier (1,756), Jaromir Jagr (1,733) and Ron Francis (1,731).

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