Patric Hornqvist scores twice, Panthers rout Red Wings

Detroit Red Wings

Florida Panthers right wing Patric Hornqvist (70) scores on Detroit Red Wings goaltender Thomas Greiss (29) as Robby Fabbri (14) defends in the first period of an NHL hockey game Friday, Feb. 19, 2021, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

DETROIT (AP) — Patric Hornqvist scored in the first and third periods to help the Florida Panthers start and finish strong in a 7-2 victory over the the Detroit Red Wings on Friday night.

Juho Lammikko and MacKenzie Weegar had goals on consecutive shots in the opening period and Hornqvist made it 3-0 in a four-shot stretch that doomed Detroit’s team that is averaging an NHL-low 1.9 goals a game.

Florida’s Chris Driedger made 30 saves, including a spectacular stop to deny Darren Helm from scoring in the second period.

The Central Division-leading Panthers matched a season high with three straight victories, giving them 11 wins in 15 games.

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