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Stars cough up 2-0 lead vs. Panthers as Wild Card race tightens

Apr 6, 2014, 7:53 PM EDT

SUNRISE, FL - APRIL 6: Goaltender Roberto Luongo #1 of the Florida Panthers defends the net against the Dallas Stars at the BB&T Center on April 6, 2014 in Sunrise, Florida. Getty Images

Dallas had an opportunity to put some breathing room between them and the Phoenix Coyotes in the battle for the final Wild Card spot. They squandered it.

Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin gave the Stars a 2-0 lead, but the Florida Panthers came back to earn a 3-2 victory tonight.

Panthers goaltender Roberto Luongo turned aside 35 of 37 shots, including 16 in the third period to give Florida a chance to pull off this comeback.

Scottie Upshall and Brandon Pirri each found the back of the net for the Panthers in the second period. Sean Bergenheim netted the deciding goal with 4:31 minutes to spare in regulation.

With this loss, both the Stars and Coyotes have four games left and Dallas’ lead is just a point. Neither team can realistically hope to finish with more than the second Wild Card seed and they are the only two serious competitors left for the final postseason spot in the Western Conference.

To make things more intriguing, Dallas and Phoenix are set to play against each other in one of the final games of the regular season on Sunday.

  1. rtubbssr - Apr 6, 2014 at 8:57 PM

    When Lindsey’s teams get a lead he shuts down all of fence
    And the team goes into a defensive shell and he acts surprised after he lost another game check out how meany times he did this in Buffalo

    • einjzmolf - Apr 6, 2014 at 9:12 PM

      You didn’t watch the game, OR go to English class. Luongo was extremely solid, and stole 2 important points from the Stars. A 5 second look at the shot totals would show you that the shots were 37-24 Stars, but that’s far too much for your poor little brain to comprehend.

      • nolockoutpricks - Apr 6, 2014 at 9:46 PM

        yes because shot totals tell the whole story of the game. what a genius, half the league is getting out shot per season average. good defenses can give up alot of shots but not many scoring opportunities. don’t be such a d-bag next time and keep brain size out of it you obviously are running on fumes yourself.

      • einjzmolf - Apr 7, 2014 at 12:47 AM

        Considering I actually watched the game.. yeah, shot totals really says alot about this game. You’re giving a porous Florida defense way too much credit. Luongo=/=defense, and that’s pretty much how Florida played. Sorry if I’m a ‘d-bag’ for calling you out on bringing up the irrelevant past. Different team, different style, Lindy’s a different coach now.

  2. blomfeld - Apr 6, 2014 at 10:54 PM

    DESERT SERENADE !

    As an ardent, sexy and values-driven supporter of Team ‘X’ who nonetheless ‘cares’ for Bettman’s desert experiment, I for one believe that Phoenix is ‘in’ while Dallas is out … no less Errol Flynn back in the 50’s ! :)

    GO COYOTES !!! … GO HOCKEY IN THE LAND OF SCORPIONS & 100 DEGREE ‘PLUS’ TEMPS !!!

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