Miami Sports Day

NHL: Jagr, Trocheck Lead Florida Panthers Over Stars

DALLAS –– Hard luck epitomized the Florida Panthers in their previous four games, which they were 0-1-3. However, on Saturday night against the Dallas Stars at American Airlines Center, their luck changed.

Jaromir Jagr and Vincent Trocheck each had a goal and an assist and James Reimer stopped 35 of 36 shots as Florida snapped a four-game losing streak with a 3-1 win.

“Yeah, the guys were great,” Panthers interim coach Tom Rowe said. “We talked about playing a real simple game, and the guys couldn’t have done it any better. I’m happy for them.”

Jussi Jokinen also scored for Florida (16-14-8), which had lost 10 of its previous 13 games.

Dallas (16-15-7) got its lone goal from Patrick Eaves, but the Stars saw their season-long three-game winning streak snapped.

“Slow start killed us,” Stars coach Lindy Ruff said. “We created our own problems that first 20 minutes. Was too tough to recover from.”

Florida led 3-0 after one period. Trocheck scored his 11th goal 3:06 into the game off his own rebound. Jagr sent the initial pass in and Antti Niemi denied Trocheck’s attempt, but Trocheck stuck with the play and slipped in the rebound.

The Panthers doubled their lead when Jokinen scored a power-play goal 4:28 before the first intermission. Florida was six seconds into a power play after Dallas captain Jamie Benn was called for high sticking.

Off the faceoff after the Benn penalty, ex-Star Reilly Smith fed Jokinen with a pass from the red line and Jokinen beat Niemi far post with a wrist shot that landed in the upper left corner before popping out, leaving a capacity crowd wondering if Jokinen had scored.

“Jokinen and (Derek) McKenzie, they wanted to redeem themselves from the game the other night against Montreal,” Rowe said. “Those two guys did a great job (tonight). McKenzie’s a great captain. Jokinen’s a real good vet, he leads us by example.”

Florida outshot Dallas 22-6 in the opening period, tying the Stars season high for shots allowed in a period. Dallas also allowed 22 shots in the first period of an 8-2 loss at Winnipeg on Oct. 27.

GAME NOTES: The Panthers scratched D Dylan McIlrath, C Colton Sceviour (shoulder), who did not make the trip, and RW Paul Thompson. … The Stars scratched RW Adam Cracknell, D Stephen Johns and D Patrik Nemeth. … Panthers D Jason Demers, RW Jaromir Jagr, LW Jussi Jokinen and RW Reilly Smith each once played for Dallas. … Stars LW Patrick Sharp returned from a 12-game absence with concussion-like symptoms. He last played Dec. 1 at Pittsburgh after returning from a 14-game absence for similar symptoms on Nov. 18. … Florida played one road game before returning home to host Winnipeg on Jan. 4. … Dallas played on New Year’s Eve for the 19th time since relocating from Minnesota in 1993. … Panthers LW Shawn Thornton was teammates with Stars C Tyler Seguin on Boston’s 2011 Stanley Cup-winning team. … Dallas was playing the second game of a three-game homestand. … Panthers G James Reimer started his second consecutive game

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