Florida’s Aleksander Barkov enjoyed his debut a little more than all the new faces for the Dallas Stars. The 18-year-old player from Finland scored the tying goal, veteran Marcel Goc followed with the first of his two in the third period, and the Panthers spoiled Lindy Ruff’s first game as Dallas coach with a 4-2 victory over the Stars on Thursday night.
Scott Gomez, a 14-year veteran in his first season with the Panthers, opened the scoring with a backhand shot from the crease after a pass from behind the net by Scottie Upshall. “This is a new day for him,” Thomas said of Gomez. “I know he’s going to score a lot this year. The monkey is off his back.”