Red Wings hold off Panthers after Mathias Brome's first NHL goal

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Posted at 8:18 PM, Feb 20, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-20 20:18:25-05

DETROIT (AP) — Mathias Brome scored his first NHL goal late in the second period, and the Detroit Red Wings held on for a 2-1 victory over the Florida Panthers on Saturday.

Patrik Nemeth also scored his first goal of the season for the Red Wings, who won for only the second time in seven games. Detroit rebounded from a 7-2 loss to the Panthers the previous night.

Alex Wennberg scored for Florida in the first period, but the Panthers allowed two goals in the second.

With the score tied at 1, Dylan Larkin got open in the slot for Detroit. Goalie Sergei Bobrovsky stopped his shot, but Brome was there to put away the rebound. It was the rookie forward’s first career point in his 18th NHL game.

Detroit’s Anthony Mantha hit the post on a breakaway with just under four minutes remaining in the third, but the Red Wings didn’t end up needing the insurance goal.

Florida opened the scoring on the power play. Wennberg was left alone in front and had time to stickhandle a bit. The puck eventually bounced back to him off goalie Jonathan Bernier’s stick, and Wennberg was able to slam it in for his fifth goal of the season.

Nemeth tied it in the following period, beating Bobrovsky to the glove side with a wrist shot from the left circle.

It was the first regulation loss on the road for the Panthers this season. They’d been 6-0-1.

Bernier made 38 saves.

NOTES: The Red Wings assigned D Alex Biega to the taxi squad. ... There was a moment of silence before the game after the death of Sergei Tchekmarev, a longtime team masseur for the Red Wings. ... Detroit went 0 for 2 on the power play, its 12th straight game without scoring with the man advantage.


Panthers: Host the Dallas Stars on Monday night.

Red Wings: Host the Nashville Predators on Tuesday night.