Panthers beat Stars behind 29-shot 2nd period
February 23 2021 11:40 PM
MacKenzie Weegar (Centre) 52 looks on as Goaltender Chris Driedger of the Florida Panthers stops a shot by Miro Heiskanen (left) of the Dallas Stars at the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Florida. (Getty Images/AFP)

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The Florida Panthers, with a record-setting second period, defeated the visiting Dallas Stars 3-1 on Monday night at Sunrise, Florida.
Trailing 1-0, Florida changed the game’s momentum with its gigantic second period, scoring twice and outshooting Dallas 29-4. That set a record for most shots on goal for any period in franchise history. It was also a record defensively for Dallas.
Anton Khudobin matched a career-high with 49 saves for the Stars, who got a goal from Blake Comeau.
The Panthers got goals from a pair of defensemen - Aaron Ekblad and Keith Yandle - and 24 saves from Chris Driedger. Forward Aleksander Barkov added an empty-net goal with 28 seconds left. With the win, the Panthers improved to 5-0-0 this season following a loss. Overall, the Panthers have won six of their past eight games.
The Stars, who have not won a game since Feb. 2, lost their sixth straight contest (0-3-3), although they did get three points during that span. This was the start of a five-game, eight-day road trip for the Stars, who had four contests postponed last week due to the worst winter storm in Texas in decades, an event that caused power outages throughout the state.
Dallas opened the scoring with 4:29 gone in the first. After a long shot by Jason Robertson, Driedger struggled to corral the rebound. He got a glove on it, but Comeau shoved the puck in for his first goal since Feb. 15, 2020. Florida tied the score on Ekblad’s long blast with 8:41 expired in the second. Khudobin got a piece of the shot, but the puck bounced in off his glove.
The Panthers took a 2-1 lead with 1:42 left in their dominant second period. The play was set up by Anthony Duclair’s speed on the rush. Yandle then took a shot from beyond the left circle, and the puck found the back of the net with the help of a screen from Barkov.

Fleury’s 64th shutout lifts Knights over Avs
Marc-Andre Fleury had 34 saves for his third shutout of the season, Alex Tuch had two goals, and the Vegas Golden Knights beat the Colorado Avalanche 3-0 in Denver on Monday night. Jonathan Marchessault also had a goal and William Karlsson added two assists for Vegas, which earned a split of the four-game set with Colorado.
Fleury was in net for all four and his two wins were both shutouts. His 64 career shutouts tie him with Henrik Lundqvist for 16th all-time. Philipp Grubauer stopped 25 shots for the Avalanche. Colorado had won the last two games between the teams, including a 3-2 victory at Lake Tahoe on Saturday night.
The game was scoreless after the first period, but the Knights erupted for all of their goals in the second.
With Connor Timmons off for tripping early in the frame, Vegas capitalized on the power play. Karlsson carried the puck into the Avalanche zone and slid a pass to Tuch, who put a shot past Grubauer at 2:53.
Later in the period, the Knights went on the attack again. Mark Stone sent the puck into the Colorado zone, where Tuch picked it up and wristed a shot that Grubauer saved. However, the rebound came out in front and went off the right skate of the Avalanche’s Bowen Byram and in at 6:14.
It was Tuch’s seventh goal of the season.
Vegas extended the lead a little more than halfway through the second when Marchessault’s shot beat Grubauer between the legs at 11:06. It was his sixth of the season.
Fleury kept Colorado off the board with some big saves. In the first period, Nazem Kadri had a great chance when Gabriel Landeskog sent a pass across the zone, but Fleury made a sliding save. In the second period, Cale Makar skated behind the Knights’ defense and fed Kadri in front, but Fleury again denied him to keep it a 1-0 game.
The Avalanche had opportunities in the third period, including a power play early on, but Fleury had two saves on the advantage.

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