Panthers winning streak reaches 10 games with Red Wings rout


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Anton Lundell scored twice and the Florida Panthers extended their winning streak to 10 games with a 6-1 rout of the Detroit Red Wings on Sunday.

“I didn’t even realize it was 10, but I really liked our game the last three or four games,” Panthers coach Andrew Brunette said. “We do the right things and we bring our best game every night. When we do that, we’re going to be successful.”

Anthony Duclair, Sam Reinhart, Maxim Mamin and Gustav Forsling also scored for the Panthers, who tied a franchise mark with their 22nd road win of the season. Spencer Knight made 33 saves.

Pius Suter scored and Alex Nedeljkovic made 33 saves for the Red Wings, who allowed six or more goals for the 14th time this season.

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Florida Panthers center Anton Lundell waves to teammates after scoring during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Detroit Red Wings, Sunday, April 17, 2022, in Detroit.
(AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

Duclair broke the scoreless tie at 5:02 of the second period when his shot from the right faceoff spot beat Nedeljkovic, increasing his career high with his 31st goal of the season.

Reinhart made it 2-0 just 90 seconds later when he scored his 28th goal of the season, extending his scoring streak to six games.

Lundell scored his first of the game at 14:23 of the second and Mamin followed 28 seconds later for a 4-0 lead.

“Against this team, either you have to be perfect or you have to score and we weren’t perfect and we didn’t score, so you’re down 4-0,” Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill said.

Reinhart assisted on Lundell’s goal, giving him four goals and seven assists during his scoring streak.

While shorthanded, Lundell scored his second of the game in the third period on a spectacular pass between the legs of Aleksander Barkov.

“I was just trying to follow him, but he obviously has eyes in the back of his head, because he dropped it right on my stick,” Lundell said.

Says Brunette: “He’s a world-class player who makes amazing plays every day, so we’re a bit spoiled by him, but it was fantastic.”

Suter scored Detroit’s goal at 12:04 of the third. And Forsling added his ninth of the season at 1:14 p.m.

“They got two quick, three quick and we didn’t respond, we didn’t respond to them,” Red Wings captain Dylan Larkin said. “It doesn’t help when you give up a shorthanded goal. You have a chance to put one on the board. We had a good start, Ned played well, then they just scored and we didn’t not answered.”

The Panthers also extended their team record for goals to 314, the most in the NHL this season.

“The good thing about having four lines that can score is it only takes one or two to step in and make a play to get us rolling,” Lundell said. “It’s great fun when that happens because we know we can score a lot in no time.”

END OF SERIES

Jonathan Huberdeau’s point streak ended at 13 games. He registered 11 goals and 13 assists during this period.

LIST MOVEMENTS

Prior to the game, the Red Wings recalled right wing Riley Barber from the AHL’s Grand Rapids Griffins under emergency conditions. They also assigned center Chase Pearson to the Griffins.

IMPORTANT STEP

Prior to the game, the Red Wings and Panthers honored referee Brian Pochmara for his 1,000th game. Pochmara, a Detroit native whose family attended, received signed jerseys from both teams and a Tiffany crystal.

NEXT

The Panthers visit the New York Islanders on Tuesday night.

The Red Wings visit the Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday night.


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