Panthers score four in first period, cruise past Red Wings


DETROIT — The Florida Panthers scored four first-period goals and defeated the Detroit Red Wings 7-2 at Little Caesars Arena on Friday.

Patric Hornqvist scored twice, Aleksander Barkov had a goal and two assists, and Keith Yandle had three assists for the Panthers (11-2-2), who have won five of their past six games. Chris Driedger made 30 saves.

Bobby Ryan and Valtteri Filppula scored for the Red Wings (4-12-3), who are 2-10-3 in their past 15 games. Thomas Greiss allowed four goals on 13 shots before being replaced by Jonathan Bernier (23 saves) to start the second period.

Detroit (0-for-4) did not score a power-play goal for the 11th straight game, its longest streak since the first 11 games of the 1950-51 season.

Juho Lammikko gave Florida a 1-0 lead at 6:09 of the first period, scoring from the top of the slot for his second NHL goal. It was the second goal in two games for Lammikko after he didn’t score in his first 47 NHL games.

MacKenzie Weegar made it 2-0 at 7:58, scoring off a pass from Huberdeau.

Hornqvist extended the lead to 3-0 at 12:45, tapping in Yandle’s pass at the right post.

Ryan pulled Detroit within 3-1 at 14:06, but Barkov pushed in a rebound 1:09 later to make it 4-1 at 15:15.

Aaron Ekblad made it 5-1 at 19:38 of the second period with a slap shot from the left face-off circle.

Filppula scored at 2:49 of the third period to cut it to 5-2.

Hornqvist scored a power-play goal at 5:50, knocking in the rebound of Barkov’s shot to make it 6-2.

Anthony Duclair scored at 8:56 for the 7-2 final.

The teams play again here Saturday.

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