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Sergei Gonchar of the Dallas Stars skates the puck against Tomas Kopecky of the Florida Panthers in the first period at American Airlines Center. (Oct. 3, 2013)

Panthers 4, Stars 2

The Florida Panthers defeated the Dallas Stars, 4-2, in Lindy Ruff's Stars coaching debut.

Sergei Gonchar of the Dallas Stars skates the
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Sergei Gonchar of the Dallas Stars skates the puck against Tomas Kopecky of the Florida Panthers in the first period at American Airlines Center. (Oct. 3, 2013)

Dallas Stars' Antoine Roussel, left, of France, and
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Dallas Stars' Antoine Roussel, left, of France, and center Ryan Garbutt, second from left, pressure the net as Florida Panthers goalie Tim Thomas blocks a shot with his legs as Panthers center Drew Shore (15) watches in the first period of an NHL hockey game, Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013, in Dallas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

DALLAS, TX - OCTOBER 03: Scott Gomez #23
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DALLAS, TX - OCTOBER 03: Scott Gomez #23 of the Florida Panthers celebrates his goal with Erik Gudbranson #44 against the Dallas Stars in the first period at American Airlines Center on October 3, 2013 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

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DALLAS, TX - OCTOBER 03: Drew Shore #15
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DALLAS, TX - OCTOBER 03: Drew Shore #15 of the Florida Panthers skates the puck against the Dallas Stars in the second period at American Airlines Center on October 3, 2013 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

DALLAS, TX - OCTOBER 03: Kari Lehtonen #32
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DALLAS, TX - OCTOBER 03: Kari Lehtonen #32 of the Dallas Stars in goal against the Florida Panthers in the second period at American Airlines Center on October 3, 2013 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

DALLAS, TX - OCTOBER 03: Kris Versteeg #32
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DALLAS, TX - OCTOBER 03: Kris Versteeg #32 of the Florida Panthers skates the puck past Sergei Gonchar #55 of the Dallas Stars in the second period at American Airlines Center on October 3, 2013 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

DALLAS, TX - OCTOBER 03: Jordie Benn #24
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DALLAS, TX - OCTOBER 03: Jordie Benn #24 of the Dallas Stars skates the puck past Jesse Winchester #17 of the Florida Panthers in the second period at American Airlines Center on October 3, 2013 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

DALLAS, TX - OCTOBER 03: (L-R) Aleksander Barkov
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DALLAS, TX - OCTOBER 03: (L-R) Aleksander Barkov #16 of the Florida Panthers and Brad Boyes #24 against the Dallas Stars at American Airlines Center on October 3, 2013 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

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DALLAS, TX - OCTOBER 03: Kari Lehtonen #32
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DALLAS, TX - OCTOBER 03: Kari Lehtonen #32 of the Dallas Stars in goal against the Florida Panthers in the second period at American Airlines Center on October 3, 2013 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

DALLAS, TX - OCTOBER 03: Jordie Benn #24
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DALLAS, TX - OCTOBER 03: Jordie Benn #24 of the Dallas Stars skates the puck past Jesse Winchester #17 of the Florida Panthers in the second period at American Airlines Center on October 3, 2013 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

DALLAS, TX - OCTOBER 03: Aleksander Barkov #16
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DALLAS, TX - OCTOBER 03: Aleksander Barkov #16 of the Florida Panthers skates the puck past Tyler Seguin #91 of the Dallas Stars in the third period at American Airlines Center on October 3, 2013 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

DALLAS, TX - OCTOBER 03: Kari Lehtonen #32
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DALLAS, TX - OCTOBER 03: Kari Lehtonen #32 of the Dallas Stars in goal against the Florida Panthers in the second period at American Airlines Center on October 3, 2013 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

DALLAS, TX - OCTOBER 03: Jordie Benn #24
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DALLAS, TX - OCTOBER 03: Jordie Benn #24 of the Dallas Stars skates the puck past Jesse Winchester #17 of the Florida Panthers in the second period at American Airlines Center on October 3, 2013 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

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DALLAS, TX - OCTOBER 03: Kris Versteeg #32
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DALLAS, TX - OCTOBER 03: Kris Versteeg #32 of the Florida Panthers skates the puck past Sergei Gonchar #55 of the Dallas Stars in the second period at American Airlines Center on October 3, 2013 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

DALLAS, TX - OCTOBER 03: Kari Lehtonen #32
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DALLAS, TX - OCTOBER 03: Kari Lehtonen #32 of the Dallas Stars in goal against the Florida Panthers in the second period at American Airlines Center on October 3, 2013 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

DALLAS, TX - OCTOBER 03: Marcel Goc #57
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DALLAS, TX - OCTOBER 03: Marcel Goc #57 of the Florida Panthers celebrates his goal against the Dallas Stars at American Airlines Center on October 3, 2013 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

DALLAS, TX - OCTOBER 03: Aleksander Barkov #16
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DALLAS, TX - OCTOBER 03: Aleksander Barkov #16 of the Florida Panthers celebrates his goal against the Dallas Stars at American Airlines Center on October 3, 2013 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Dallas Stars center Tyler Seguin (91) attempts to
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Dallas Stars center Tyler Seguin (91) attempts to disrupt puck control by Florida Panthers right wing Kris Versteeg (32) in the second period of an NHL hockey game, Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013, in Dallas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

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Florida Panthers center Marcel Goc (57) skates up
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Florida Panthers center Marcel Goc (57) skates up ice as Erik Gudbranson, top right, checks Dallas Stars center Vernon Fiddler (38) into the boards during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013, in Dallas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

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