Panthers beat Red Wings 5-2 to extend winning streak to 12 games
SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — Aleksander Barkov scored his 38th goal of the season and the Florida Panthers tied a franchise record with their 12th straight win, beating the Detroit Red Wings 5-2 on Thursday night.
Mason Marchment had a goal and an assist, and Sam Reinhart, MacKenzie Weegar and Noel Acciari also scored for the Eastern Conference-leading Panthers, who trailed Western-leading Colorado by two points. in the hunt for the NHL’s best record. Florida (118 points) and the Avalanche have four games left.
The Panthers tied the 12 game winning streak posted from December 15, 2015 to January 10, 2016.
Jonathan Huberdeau had two assists and tied with inactive Edmonton’s Connor McDavid for the league lead with 113 points.
Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 28 shots for the Panthers.
Tyler Bertuzzi and Sam Gagner scored for Detroit and Alex Nedeljkovic stopped 22 shots.
The Red Wings closed at 3-2 when Bertuzzi’s shot from the right circle passed Bobrovsky with 13:45 left in second, but the Panthers advanced 4-2 after Weegar pushed the puck from the crease with 3 :55 to go. the second.
Reinhart scored a power-play goal at 3:50 of the third to extend the Panthers’ lead to 5-2.
The Panthers scored three goals on seven shots in the first period.
After Gagner’s wrist shot went under Bobrovsky’s glove to give the Red Wings a 1-0 lead at 4:08, Acciari tied the game 1-all on a shot from the low slot at 9:19 .
Barkov’s power play goal, his 38th of the season, came smack in the middle of the top slot with 1:07 remaining to give the Panthers a 2-1 lead. Then Marchment’s shot deflected off a defender and into the net with 21 seconds left to make it 3-1.
DOWN 1-0 AGAIN
Florida gave up the first goal of a game for the 35th time this season. The Panthers have by far the best record in the NHL in games where they face a 1-0 deficit. Florida was 22-8-4 in that situation on Thursday; St. Louis is second at 19-12-5 at the start of the day.
NOTES: Florida and St. Louis (playing later Thursday) are the only NHL teams not ruled out this season. … Joe Thornton’s first-half assist on Acciari’s goal made it his fourth game with a point in his last five appearances. Thornton had not played since April 3. … Detroit will miss the playoffs for the sixth straight year, its longest streak since missing seven straight playoffs from 1971 to 1977. … Detroit’s home final is Saturday.
Red Wings: Host Pittsburgh on Saturday.
Panthers: hosts Toronto on Saturday.
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