Panthers’ Reinprecht gets hat trick in 6-5 victory
Reinprecht scored three times in a 5:11 span of the first period, and Olesz converted in the second round of the shootout to give the
“That was a wild one,”
Dallas rallied to send the game to overtime and the shootout, where Olesz was the only successful shooter when his attempt caromed off the goal post and behind
“With how things have been going for us, it was an important two points,” DeBoer said.
Reinprecht got the scoring started on a rebound at 10:38 of the first period, and fired another rebound past Auld at 15:20. Reinprecht completed his fifth career hat trick 29 seconds later when he swept a loose puck by Auld.
Reinprecht admitted his big night was simply a case of being in the right place at the right time.
“I don’t think that will happen again,” Reinprecht said. “I kept going to the net and the puck kept popping out to me. They were tough to miss.”
Crawford is the 15th coach in league history to reach 1,000 games. Scotty Bowman is the leader with 2,141 games over 30 seasons for five teams. Crawford is tied for 14th with the late Roger Neilson.
The milestone game didn’t end the way Crawford wanted on a sloppy night for the Dallas defense.
“We showed a lot of character and persistence the way we fought back from a 3-0 deficit, but there were a lot of Florida
Auld, getting the start with
Sutherby struck from low in the left circle at 17:51 of the first period, and Robidas’ one-timer on a power play with 18 seconds left in the period made it 3-2.
“Even though we played pretty bad in the first, it was a 3-2 game and we were still in it,” Robidas said. “But if you play with fire, you’re going to get burned.”
Leopold’s first goal of the season extended Florida’s advantage to 4-2 at 2:38 of the second period. Ribeiro’s goal at 3:33 pulled Dallas within one, and Neal tied it at 4 from the slot after a nifty individual move at 11:17.
Olesz skated in alone and beat Auld on the backhand at 1:42 of the final period, but Brunnstrom drew Dallas even 1:11 later with his first goal of the season.