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Panthers’ Aaron Ekblad scores 2 power-play goals in win over Red Wings

Jan 6, 2023; Detroit, Michigan, USA;  Florida Panthers left wing Matthew Tkachuk (19) takes a shot in the first period against the Detroit Red Wings at Little Caesars Arena. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Aaron Ekblad scored two goals to lead the Florida Panthers to a 3-2 road win over the Detroit Red Wings on Friday.

Aleksander Barkov added two assists for Florida, which won its second straight.

Sergei Bobrovsky made 29 in saves to earn the win in goal for Florida, which was his 17th win in his last 18 starts against Detroit.

Florida scored on both of its power-play attempts, while Detroit was 0-for-5 with the man advantage.

The Red Wings opened the scoring with a quick goal, taking a 1-0 lead 1:04 into the first when Jonatan Berggren tipped a point shot from Ben Chiarot past Bobrovsky.

The Panthers answers just 1:29 later, tying the game at 1-1 when Gustav Forsling fired a shot from the point that got through traffic in front of the Detroit net and past Red Wings goalie Ville Husso.

On a power play, Florida took a 2-1 lead with 13:32 remaining in the second when Ekblad took a pass from Barkov right in front of Husso and buried the chance glove side.

Florida struck gain on the power play with 11:49 remaining in the game, taking a 3-1 lead when Ekblad buried home a rebound to the left of Husso that was created from a shot by Barkov.

With 3:50 remaining and having an offensive zone face-off, Detroit pulled Husso and cut Florida’s lead to 3-2 on a goal by Robby Fabbri, who fired a shot from the right face-off circle that got through Bobrovsky with 3:43 left.

It was Fabbri’s first goal of the year in what was his second game back following ACL surgery.

Detroit once again pulled Husso with under two minutes left and then had a 6-on-4 opportunity following a penalty on Ekblad with 40 seconds remaining.

The Red Wings won the face-off and sustained pressure in Florida’s zone from there but couldn’t get one past Husso before time expired.

–Field Level Media