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DALLAS (AP) — Dmitry Kulikov and Jason Garrison kept up the scoring for the Florida Panthers’ offensive-minded defense.
Kulikov and Garrison scored first-period goals, Scott Clemmensen stopped 25 shots for his seventh career shutout, and the Panthers routed the Dallas Stars 6-0 on Tuesday night.
Florida started the night leading the league in points from defensemen. Assists from Brian Campbell and Mike Weaver made it a four-point night for Florida’s defensemen, giving the Panthers 52 points from their D this season.
“It’s definitely a mentality,” Garrison said. “The forwards work hard down low, we work low to high and get shots through. That’s definitely the game plan.”
Kris Versteeg and Stephen Weiss each had a goal and two assists for the Panthers, and linemate Tomas Fleischmann added a goal and an assist in an eight-point night for Florida’s top line.
Evgeny Dadonov also scored for the Panthers.
Weiss skated in his 574th game for the Panthers, breaking a tie with Robert Svehla and moving into second place on the franchise list behind current Dallas Star Radek Dvorak’s 613 games.
Clemmensen was also on top of his game against a team that started the night second in the Western Conference with 22 points