Smith, Red Wings hand Panthers first regulation loss


SUNRISE, Fla. — Givani Smith had a goal and an assist, and the Detroit Red Wings ended the Florida Panthers’ eight-game point streak with a 4-1 win at BB&T Center on Sunday.

Thomas Greiss made 36 saves for his first victory with the Red Wings (3-8-2), who won for the first time in nine games (1-6-2).

Alex Wennberg scored his first goal with the Panthers (6-1-2); the season-opening point streak was the second-longest in their history behind a 12-game run (eight wins, four ties) in 1996-97. Chris Driedger made 34 saves.

Marc Staal gave Detroit a 1-0 lead at 2:58 of the second period when he scored on a backhand after collecting the puck in front of the net.

Smith redirected a pass from Bobby Ryan after a turnover deep in the Panthers zone to make it 2-0 at 17:02 of the second.

Wennberg made it 2-1 at 2:09 of the third period when he tipped Anton Stralman‘s shot from the point.

Less than a minute after Greiss made a save against Owen Tippett on a 3-on-1, Robby Fabbri gave the Red Wings a 3-1 lead when he scored on a rebound at 9:11.

Vladislav Namestnikov scored an empty-net goal at 17:18 for the 4-1 final.

Red Wings forward Luke Glendening sustained an upper-body injury in the first period after being checked by Panthers defenseman Radko Gudas.

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