Red Wings hold off Panthers, split two-game set

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DETROIT — Jonathan Bernier made 38 saves, and Mathias Brome scored his first NHL goal to help the Detroit Red Wings defeat the Florida Panthers 2-1 at Little Caesars Arena on Saturday.

Patrik Nemeth also scored for Detroit (5-12-3), which split the two-game set following a 7-2 loss here Friday. 

Alex Wennberg scored, and Sergei Bobrovsky made 25 saves for Florida (11-3-2), which had won three straight.

Wennberg gave the Panthers a 1-0 lead with a power-play goal at 14:17 of the first period. 

The goal was Florida’s seventh power-play goal against Detroit in six games this season. The Red Wings have only scored four power-play goals in 20 games and are 0-for-35 in their past 12.

Nemeth tied it 1-1 at 10:09 of the second period, beating Bobrovsky from the left face-off dot for his first goal in 71 games.

Brome gave the Red Wings a 2-1 lead at 17:27 of the second on a rebound. The goal was his first NHL point in his 18th game.

The Panthers nearly tied it at 11:50 of the third period, but Bernier stopped Anton Stralman‘s point shot before making a pad save on Carter Verhaeghe‘s rebound attempt.

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