Four-goal first period lifts Panthers past Red Wings

Patric Hornqvist scored two goals and Aleksander Barkov had a goal and two assists Friday night as the Florida Panthers recorded their fifth consecutive road victory, 7-2 over the Detroit Red Wings.MacKenzie Weegar and Anthony Duclair each had a goal with an assist and Keith Yandle recorded three assists for the Panthers, who scored a season-high four times in the first period.Florida scored on four of its first eight shots on the way to winning a third straight overall and extend the franchise’s best road start to 6-0-1. Jonathan Huberdeau notched two assists and Chris Driedger made 30 saves as Florida improved to 11-2-2 on the season.It was the highest-scoring game of the season for Florida, which plays again Saturday at Detroit, where the Panthers have won six in a row dating back to January, 2018.Bobby Ryan scored for the first time in 15 games and Valtteri Filppula added a goal for Detroit, which has lost three in a row and is stuck in an 0-3-2 home rut.The Red Wings failed four more times on the power play, and are mired in an 0-for-34 stretch with the man-advantage.Florida scored 6:09 into the game when Juho Lammikko, who recorded his first NHL goal in Wednesday’s overtime win over Carolina, got his second from the slot off a prime set-up via Brett Connolly. The Panthers made it 2-0 less than two minutes later when Weegar ripped a shot past Detroit goaltender Thomas Greiss.

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