Bennett, Huberdeau power Panthers' blowout win

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The Florida Panthers defeated the Dallas Stars 7-1 on Friday night thanks in large part to the trio of Sam Bennett, Jonathan Huberdeau and Anthony Duclair. The combination combined for five goals and 11 points in the contest.

Florida has the best points percentage (.743) and the top home record (20-3-0) in the NHL this season. The Panthers also rank first overall in goal differential (plus-40) and currently sit in a tie with Tampa Bay for the most wins (25).

The Colorado Avalanche also continued to flex their muscle at home on Friday with a 4-3 shootout win over the Arizona Coyotes. The Avs have a winning streak of 13 games at Ball Arena.

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DALLAS 1 FLORIDA 7

The Panthers have a three-game win streak following a blowout win over the Stars.

Sam Bennett tallied three goals and added an assist. He also concluded the contest with three shots and four hits in 13:14 of ice time.

Jonathan Huberdeau had a four-point performance as well with one goal and three helpers. Florida’s All-Star representative has four goals and 14 assists during a seven-game point streak.

Anthony Duclair produced one goal and two assists. He is tied for the team lead with 15 goals on the year.

Carter Verhaeghe and Gustav Forsling, who got his first goal in 32 matches this season, also found the back of the net for Florida.

Roope Hintz had the lone goal for Dallas.

Brandon Montour chipped in two assists, while Aleksander Barkov, Anton Lundell and Esa Lindell earned one apiece.

Patric Hornqvist had a game-high seven shots on target.

Sergei Bobrovsky blocked 29 shots for his 18th win in 26 starts this campaign.

Jake Oettinger surrendered four goals on 17 shots prior to getting the hook. Anton Khudobin made 19 saves on 22 shots in relief in his first NHL appearance since Nov. 18.

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ANAHEIM 3 MINNESOTA 7

The Wild stretched their win spree to three straight games with a blowout win over the Ducks.

Mats Zuccarello accounted for two goals and one assist. He is currently riding a five-game point streak.

Ryan Hartman and Matthew Boldy had one goal and one assist apiece.

Zuccarello and Boldy scored four seconds apart just 34 seconds into the third period.

Trevor Zegras and Max Comtois had one goal and one helper each for Anaheim.

Kirill Kaprizov chipped in two assists and seven shots after missing one game with an upper-body injury.

Kevin Fiala, who opened the scoring, and Matt Dumba had the other goals for the Wild, while Derek Grant provided the Ducks’ other marker.

Ryan Getzlaf, Cam Fowler, Kevin Shattenkirk, Jamie Drysdale, Nico Sturm, Marcus Foligno and Frederick Gaudreau contributed one assist apiece.

Kaapo Kahkonen shielded 39 of 42 shots for his third straight victory. He has seven wins in 10 starts this season.

Anthony Stolarz yielded six goals on 29 shots prior to being pulled. Lukas Dostal stopped 12 of 13 shots in relief.

ARIZONA 3 COLORADO 4 (SO)

The Avalanche rebounded from Tuesday’s overtime loss to Nashville with a shootout victory over the Coyotes.

Andre Burakovsky registered one goal and one assist to stretch his point streak to three games.

Mikko Rantanen and Tyson Jost lit the lamp for Colorado in the first frame.

Clayton Keller (shorthanded), Johan Larsson and Shayne Gostisbehere scored for Arizona in the first, second and third periods, respectively.

Devon Toews and Phil Kessel earned a pair of assists apiece.

Cale Makar, Andrew Ladd, Lawson Crouse and Kurtis MacDermid got on the scoresheet with an helper each.

Nazem Kadri was the only goal scorer among six shooters in the shootout, but his point streak came to an end.

Nathan MacKinnon had a game-high seven shots.

Pavel Francouz defended 23 of 26 shots for his third straight win.

Ivan Prosvetov turned aside a career-high 44 of 47 shots in the loss.