Panthers make statement in return home, throttle Ducks behind Vrbata's hat trick

SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) -- Radim Vrbata recorded his seventh career hat trick to lift the Florida Panthers to an 8-3 victory over the Anaheim Ducks on Thursday night.

Evegenii Dadanov scored two goals and Vincent Trocheck and Aleksander Barkov each had a goal and two assists for the Panthers while Owen Tippett, the youngest player in the NHL at 18, scored his first career goal. James Reimer made 31 saves. Thirteen players recorded points for the Panthers.

Kalle Kossila scored his first NHL goal for Anaheim and Andrew Cogliano and Logan Shaw also scored. John Gibson allowed six goals on 17 shots in two periods. Gibson was replaced by Reto Berra to start the third period. Berra stopped three shots.

Vrbata's third goal came off a rebound and gave the Panthers a 7-2 lead at 8:39 of the third. Vrbata's seven hat tricks are with five different teams. The last one was Dec. 7, 2015 for the Vancouver Canucks against the Buffalo Sabres.

Dadanov's second goal made the score 8-3 with 2:41 left.

The Panthers scored six goals on their first 15 shots.

Leading 3-1, the Panthers went ahead 4-1 when Trocheck grabbed a bouncing puck and pushed it past Gibson at 4:03 of the second.

Dadanov's goal at 8:27 of the second gave the Panthers a 5-1 lead. Barkov's shorthanded goal with 4:23 left in the second made the score 6-1.

Cogliano and Shaw each scored in the third period for the Ducks.

Trailing 2-0, Kossila made the score 2-1 when he took a pass from behind the net by Logan Shaw in front of the crease and put the puck between the pads of Reimer at 6:24 of the first.

Vrbata's second goal came on the power play and stretched the Panthers' lead to 3-1 with 2:36 left in the first.

Tippett's goal put the Panthers ahead 2-0. Jamie McGinn passed from the left circle across to Tippett in front and he poked in the puck at 4:23 of the first.

The Panthers took a 1-0 lead on Vrbata's first goal 1:04 in. Vrbata grabbed his own rebound and slid the puck past Gibson from in front.

Notes: Tippett is 43 days younger than New Jersey Devils rookie forward Nico Hischier, who is also 18. . Panthers LW Connor Brickley had to be helped off the ice after a collision with Anaheim C Derek Grant. . Ducks rookie D Jaycob Megna was born in nearby Plantation, Florida and had a host of relatives at the game.

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Ducks: At Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday

Panthers: Host the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday