Surging Panthers improve to 5-0-1, hold off reeling Red Wings 3-2

Keith Yandle #3 of the Florida Panthers celebrates his first period goal with teammates while playing the Detroit Red Wings at Little Caesars Arena on January 30, 2021 in Detroit, Michigan. (Gregory Shamus, 2021 Getty Images)

DETROIT – Patric Hornqvist, Aaron Ekblad and Carter Verhaeghe scored, and the Florida Panthers held off the Detroit Red Wings for a 3-2 win.

Anthony Mantha scored with 1:48 remaining to pull the Red Wings within a goal after pulling goalie Thomas Greiss to add an extra skater.

Detroit pulled its goaltender again but couldn’t get another shot past Florida goaltender Chris Driedger to extend the game.

Driedger finished with 32 saves for the Panthers, whose only loss this season was in a shootout.

Florida’s 5-0-1 record is the best six-game start to a season in the franchise’s history.

Dylan Larkin scored to put the Red Wings ahead early in the game.

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