DALLAS – Jere Lehtinen scored twice, including the tiebreaker with 15.8 seconds left, and the Dallas Stars handed the Florida Panthers their 10th straight road loss, 4-3 Wednesday night.

With the score even at 3 and Dallas on its fifth power play of the third period, Mike Modano took possession of the puck deep in the Florida zone on a giveaway by defenseman Steve Montador.

Modano passed from behind the net to Lehtinen, who beat goalie Jamie McLennan for his 14th goal.

Defensemen Martin Skoula and Trevor Daley added first-period goals for the Stars, who’ve won four straight and 12 of 14.

Juraj Kolnik, Nathan Horton and former Stars forward Joe Nieuwendyk had second-period goals for the Panthers, who haven’t won on the road since Oct. 25 at Pittsburgh.

The Stars grabbed a 1-0 lead at 6:15 of the first period when Antti Miettinen fed Lehtinen, who was open in front of the net.

Skoula’s 50-footer got through Florida starting goalie Roberto Luongo’s pads at 12:10 of the first period.

Daley skated up the left side and beat Luongo on the backhand 1:12 later to stretch Dallas’ advantage to 3-0.

Florida coach Jacques Martin burned a timeout after Daley’s goal and sent in McLennan after Luongo stopped eight of 11 shots.

The crowd was about a third of the announced 17,377 due to an ice storm that rolled into the North Texas area earlier Wednesday. The lack of excitement in the building seemed to rub off on the Stars in the second period when the Panthers climbed back into the game with a three-goal flurry, outshooting Dallas 15-7.

Goals by Kolnik at 6:25 and Horton at 8:09 got the Panthers close, and Florida tied it on Nieuwendyk’s power-play tally at 12:26.

Notes: Sergei Zubov’s assist on Daley’s goal was his 316th for the Stars, the most in franchise history by a defenseman. Craig Hartsburg set the previous high of 315 from 1979-89 when the franchise was in Minnesota. … Dallas was without D Philippe Boucher, out for about 10 days due to a broken finger. … D Sean Hill missed his third straight game for the Panthers because of a groin injury. … When Dallas gave up only four shots in the first period, it extended the Stars’ streak of allowing six shots or fewer to seven periods. Florida broke that with a 15-shot second period. … The Stars have at least one power-play goal in 17 consecutive games, matching the franchise record set between Oct. 11-Nov. 18, 1986.

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