Liners: Visiting Panthers dump on limping Stars 6-3

Who's got two victories back-to-back? The Andy Man. Is a third on the way?

Final - 3.28.2009 1 2 3 Total
Florida Panthers 0 3 3 6
Dallas Stars 1 1 1 3

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"Dallas had the momentum basically for the first half of the game, but we slowly took it over. When you string a couple together, it takes the wind out of the other team's sails."

- Florida's Craig Anderson

  • Gotta hand it to Dallas' Mike Ribeiro: his between-the-legs goal was one for the ages; Andy had no chance...could have called that?
  • Cory Stillman finished the night with may have been his strongest game yet as a Panther: 1g (#250 of his career), 2a, and a +1. More importantly, he was visible all night and his effort finally paid off in an extremely important game.
  • Goaltender Craig Anderson looked mighty strong on most of the 32 shots he stopped; considering 14 were fired in the first period alone, this could have been very ugly very early.
  • How about Nathan Horton (5 shots) and Stephen Weiss trading goals in the waning moments of the second? Nathan's was Textbook Horts: just to the left of the crease, aiming high.
  • Marty Turco looked awfully human giving up five on 32 shots, though with a defense crumbling before him, the loss wasn't entirely of his doing.
  • Flu-stricken Panthers forward Richard Zednik sat out the match.
  • Jay Bouwmeester suddenly came to life with a power play goal in the third; has he "returned"? 'Cuz this run ain't happening without him.
  • Does Jay scoring a goal trump Karlis Skrastins and his unlikely +3? Um, yeah. But kudos are in order.
  • Speaking of plus/minus, what's the collective opinion on Jonesin' Jassen Cullimore's -3? Anyone else hear a call being placed to Steve Eminger (scratched)?
  • The Beach (1a, even) made a horrendous error, turning over the puck, creating a two-on-none deal for the Stars. Don't remember seeing much of Boynton following that one (13:24 total TOI, lowest of the FLA defense).
  • Looking confident, Kamil Kreps scored on a beatiful semi-breakaway./

The Box congratulates Cory Stillman on his 250th NHL goal!



Thanks to all who joined in the LIVE BLOG last evening! We'll do it again Tuesday as the Cats host Ottawa's surging Senators.