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Nyquist lifts Red Wings past Panthers 3-1

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 6, 2014 at 10:27 pm •  Published: February 6, 2014

SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — The Detroit Red Wings were finally able to dominate the Florida Panthers.

Gustav Nyquist scored the go-ahead goal in the second period, helping lift the Red Wings over the Panthers 3-1 on Thursday night.

The Panthers had beaten the Red Wings three of their last four games, including a 5-4 shootout victory on Jan. 26 in Detroit. Each of the previous games was decided by one goal.

"They've been tough for us so far this year," Nyquist said. "I think we've been up almost every game in the third and they've found a way to come back on us to get a point or two."

Brian Lashoff and Daniel Alfredsson also scored and Jimmy Howard made 23 saves as the Red Wings ended a four-game road losing streak.

"Good win for our team," Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said.

Scottie Upshall scored and Tim Thomas stopped 30 shots for Florida, which has lost four of its last five.

Detroit took a 2-1 lead when Nyquist grabbed a rebound in the slot in the Red Wings' zone, brought it along the left boards and beat Thomas high on the stick side at 13:22. Nyquist has nine goals in his last nine games.

"I just tried to catch the goalie a little bit off guard, shoot it quick," Nyquist said.

Lashoff added an empty-net goal with 20 seconds left.

Howard withstood a late surge by the Panthers, with 16 shots in the third. He stopped Bergenheim on a breakaway with 3:40 left, and the Panthers had a power-play at 17:34 of the third, but only got off two shots.

"Down a goal, you knew they were going to throw everything at the net," Howard said. "I just tried to get to the top of the paint and make myself as big as possible."

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