Ekblad, Yandle lift Panthers over struggling Stars 3-1

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Dallas Stars left wing Roope Hintz (24) passes the puck as Florida Panthers defenseman Aaron Ekblad (5) defends during the third period of an NHL hockey game, Monday, Feb. 22, 2021, in Sunrise, Fla. The Panthers won 3-1. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)


SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — Aaron Ekblad and Keith Yandle scored, Chris Driedger made 24 saves and the Florida Panthers beat the slumping, rusty Dallas Stars 3-1. Aleksander Barkov scored an empty-net goal to seal the Panthers’ sixth win in eight games. Blake Comeau scored for Dallas, and Anton Khudobin stopped 49 of 51 shots. The Stars lost their sixth in a row and eighth of nine overall while playing their first game since Feb. 13 due to the weather conditions in Dallas. The Stars’ season was twice interrupted — first by a coronavirus outbreak in training camp and then by last week’s winter storm in Texas.