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NHL Game Summary - Florida at Dallas



(Friday, October 30th)

Final Score: Florida 6, Dallas 5 (SO)

Dallas, TX (Sports Network) - Rostislav Olesz notched a disputed goal in the shootout as Florida topped Dallas, 6-5, at American Airlines Center.

Olesz closed out the second round by skating in and lifting a backhander which hit the right post and spun backwards inside the area between the left post and crossbar. Originally waved off, a review determined the puck crossed the goal line and the Panthers got the edge in the shootout.

Brad Richards got the nod to keep the game going for Dallas to start the third round but was denied and Florida took the victory.

Steve Reinprecht notched a natural hat trick in the first period and finished with four points for the Panthers, who put the brakes on a four-game losing streak.

Olesz added a goal in regulation and Jordan Leopold also tallied, while Scott Clemmensen made 32 saves for the win.

"That was a wild one," Panthers coach Peter DeBoer said. "There was wide open hockey, way too loose for my liking. If we had walked out of here with nothing, it would have been pretty hard to swallow."

Brian Sutherby and Fabian Brunnstrom each picked up a goal and one assist for the Stars, who had won three of four coming in and could not provide a positive result for head coach Marc Crawford's 1,000th game behind the bench.

Stephane Robidas, Mike Ribeiro and James Neal scored, and Alex Auld allowed five goals on 29 shots in defeat.

Reinprecht began the game on fire, denting Auld for three scores in just over five minutes.

His display of offensive fireworks started at 10:38, continued at 15:20 and was completed 29 seconds later for a 3-0 Panthers lead.

Dallas responded before the end of the first with a pair of goals, the first from Sutherby at 17:51 then by Robidas on a power play with 18 seconds left.

The flood of goals continued early in the second, as Leopold put the Panthers up 4-2 at 2:38 off a dish by Reinprecht followed by Ribeiro slipping a wrister past Clemmensen less than a minute later.

Neal's drive at 11:17 knotted the game, 4-4, and the contest was deadlocked until intermission.

Olesz snuck a backhander inside the right post to give Florida a 5-4 edge 1:42 into the third period, but Dallas scored from a faceoff as Brunnstrom slid a shot through at 2:53.

Each club had quality chances to break the tie through the remainder of regulation and overtime but failed to convert.

"We showed a lot of character and persistence the way we fought back from a 3-0 deficit, but there were a lot of Florida Panthers who didn't get contested the way they needed to be," admitted Crawford. "We've got to be a lot tighter."

Game Notes

Reinprecht notched his fifth career hat trick. His last trifecta occurred on January 2, 2008 at Colorado while he was with the Phoenix Coyotes...Florida has won four of the last six meetings...Nathan Horton contributed three assists and Dennis Seidenberg a pair of helpers for the Panthers...Crawford became the 15th man in league history to reach the milestone. The Ontario native has guided the Nordiques/Avalanche, Canucks, Kings and Stars since 1994 and won a Stanley Cup with the Avs in 1996.

10/31 00:25:32 ET


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