Ekblad injured in Panthers’ 4-1 win over Stars

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Florida Panthers left wing Anthony Duclair (91) scores against Dallas Stars goaltender Jake Oettinger (29) on a penalty shot in the first period during an NHL hockey game on Sunday, March 28, 2021, in Dallas. (AP Photo/Richard W. Rodriguez)

DALLAS (AP) — Jonathan Huberdeau scored twice in the first period and the Florida Panthers beat the Dallas Stars 4-1 after losing standout defenseman Aaron Ekblad to a serious leg injury. Ekblad was taken off on a stretcher midway through the second period after getting tangled up in the corner with Stars defenseman Esa Lindell following a hit from Lindell. An air cast was placed on his left leg. Anthony Duclair scored on a penalty shot in the first period and Owen Tippett added an empty netter with 1:05 to play. Chris Dreidger stopped 33 shots. Rookie Jason Robertson scored and Jake Oettinger had 19 saves for the Stars, who went 1-2-2 during a five-game homestand.