Sam Bennett notched a hat trick and added an assist to power the Florida Panthers to a 7-1 rout over the Dallas Stars. It was the red-hot club’s 20th home win of the season.
With the score already 4-0, Cats in the second, Bennett scored a power-play goal from Brandon Montour and Anton Lundell at 12:37 and then added an unassisted marker 2:53 later. He scored the game’s final goal with 4:06 remaining, with the helpers going to Anthony Duclair and Jonathan Huberdeau.
It was Huberdeau’s third assist of the night and Duclair’s second. Both wings scored goals earlier in the game. The Duke struck with a pretty move in-close at the 8:50 mark of the first to make it a two-goal lead and Huberdeau bagged the Cats fourth after a takeaway by Duclair 6:03 into second to chase Dallas starter Jake Oettinger.
Florida’s second “consecutive numbers” line racked up a gaudy total of eleven points on five goals and six assists and went a combined +16!
Gustav Forsling opened the scoring 3;07 with a tap in goal, his first of the season, from Bennett and Huberdeau. The other Panthers goal came off the stick of Carter Verhaeghe, with the helpers going to Aleksander Barkov and Montour, 5:33 into the middle frame.
Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 29 of 30 shots to earn his 18th win. The only goal he yielded (just barely) was to Roope Hintz, assist to Esa Lindell, early…