DALLAS – Alexander Radulov scored two goals and an assist to lead the Dallas Stars to a 6-1 victory over the Florida Panthers in a penalty-filled game on Tuesday night.
Devin Shore had a goal and an assist, and Jamie Benn, Mattias Janmark and Tyler Pitlick also scored for Dallas, which improved to 4-0-1 in its last five games. Ben Bishop finished with 33 saves for Dallas, which holds the first wild card in the Western Conference and trails St. Louis by one point for third place in the Central Division.
Aaron Ekblad scored for the Panthers, and rookie Harri Sateri had 30 saves after James Reimer was injured just 3:48 into the game. Reimer stopped all three shots he faced before leaving. He has been filling in with starting goalie Roberto Luongo out for the last 19 games.
“We don’t know yet,” Florida coach Bob Boughner said when asked about Reimer’s status. “We’re already, obviously, without our big guy, our starting goalie, and then to see your other guy down, I’m sure that affected the team a little bit on the bench.”
Panthers captain Derek MacKenzie wasn’t encouraged.
“James has done a great job to this point. Now I guess we’ve got to dig in here and with maybe some luck have (Luongo) back here.”
Florida, mired in a 2-5-2 slump, lost three players during the game. In addition to Reimer, Alexander Petrovic and Micheal Haley were ejected after receiving game misconducts.
The Panthers cut their deficit to 3-1 when Ekblad scored with 4:13 left in the middle period.
Janmark and Pitlick also had third-period goals for Dallas – with Pitlick’s coming 20 seconds after Radulov’s second goal.
– Associated Press