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Video: Early Panthers-Stars fight ends in 50 penalty minutes, two ejections

Oct 4, 2013, 9:58 AM EDT

The Dallas Stars and Florida Panthers are going into this season with a lot to prove and it showed early in their season opener on Thursday.

After a brief sequence in the Panthers’ zone, Florida’s Dmitry Kulikov engaged Ryan Garbutt while the Stars’ Antoine Roussel simultaneously got into a fight with Mike Weaver.

After the dust settled, 50 penalty minutes were handed out, Kulikov and Garbutt were booted from the game, and the Panthers were awarded a power play on the strength of Roussel’s instigator penalty.

You can view the fight below:

Florida didn’t capitalize on the power play that followed, but they did earn a 4-2 victory thanks in part to Tim Thomas’ efforts. It’s a great start for a Panthers’ team that’s hoping to get right back into the playoffs after a disappointing 2013 campaign.

Meanwhile, GM Jim Nill’s revamped Stars will look to rebound on Saturday against the Washington Capitals.

  1. lostpuppysyndrome - Oct 4, 2013 at 10:03 AM

    Wow, didn’t realize the Dallas jerseys were almost Sioux green. Now I like ‘em a bit more…

    • killerpgh - Oct 4, 2013 at 4:06 PM

      Kind of reminds me of the Whalers in the still picture of the video.

  2. philly4lyfe - Oct 4, 2013 at 10:55 AM


  3. pizzaman77 - Oct 4, 2013 at 11:08 AM


  4. imleftcoast - Oct 4, 2013 at 2:31 PM

    I thought I saw a Dallas player take his own helmet off. Throw the book at him Shanny.

  5. jimeejohnson - Oct 4, 2013 at 8:53 PM

    Tim Thomas belongs in Florida, close to the right wing fanatics he loves. He might even bring his team a Stanley Cup, because although he’s a wingnut, he is a great goalie and competitor. I can mock his politics but respect his game. Can you?

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