DETROIT — The Florida Panthers won their eighth straight to start the season in their first game without Joel Quenneville, 3-2 in overtime against the Detroit Red Wings at Little Caesars Arena on Friday.
Andrew Brunette coached the Panthers after Quenneville resigned Thursday. He stepped down after an independent investigation of how the Chicago Blackhawks, his former team, handled allegations by then-player Kyle Beach of sexual assault by then-video coach Brad Aldrich in 2010.
Aleksander Barkov scored twice, including the winner at 3:29 of overtime, for Florida. Sergei Bobrovsky made 28 saves.
Sam Gagner and Pius Suter scored, and Alex Nedeljkovic made 30 saves for Detroit (4-2-2), which came back from 2-0 down to force overtime for the second straight game.
Eetu Luostarinen gave the Panthers a 1-0 lead at 8:43, tipping Brandon Montour‘s shot past Nedeljkovic for his second goal in as many games.
Florida increased the lead to 2-0 at 18:49 when Barkov forced a neutral zone turnover before forcing in the rebound of Anthony Duclair‘s shot.
Gagner made it 2-1 at 3:13 of the second period, deflecting in Troy Stecher‘s shot for his second goal of the season.
Suter tied the game with 2:41 left in regulation, scoring his first goal with the Red Wings.
Barkov finished off a 2-on-1 break with Jonathan Huberdeau in overtime to make the Panthers the first team to win their first eight games since the Montreal Canadiens went 9-0-0 to start the 2015-16 season.