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Panthers Dominate Red Wings 4-1 In First Game Without Ekblad

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After losing three straight last week, the Florida Panthers have managed to bounce back, despite injuries. And in Florida’s first game without Aaron Ekblad, they notched a victory over the Detroit Red Wings, marking their third-straight victory.

The Panthers were without Aleksander Barkov, Patrick Hornqvist, and Ekblad, who is likely out for the season after undergoing surgery to “repair a fracture in his lower extremities.”

Even with three of their top players out, others stepped up. Carter Verhaeghe scored two — one in the first period and one in the second — and Jonathan Huberdeau and Brett Connolly each scored once in the first. The Panthers finished the first up 3-0 and the second 4-1, which would be the final score for the night.

“The team has been doing well,” Verhaeghe said. “We’re on a three-game winning streak now after a three-game losing streak, so it shows the resiliency of our team.”

Brett Connolly, who also scored one tonight, added that “guys are playing for each other. It’s been a lot of fun seeing everyone come together… Guys just work hard, and it shows. We have a good solid team throughout our lineup.”

This “good solid team” is looking like a top team once again after another strong game.

Star of the Game: Sergei Bobrovsky (1 GA, 35 SV)

In March, Bobrovsky has led Florida to an 8-3 record with him in the net. When Bobrovsky is good, he’s making a multitude of magnificent saves. On Tuesday, he looked like the two-time Vezina Trophy winner that he is.

Tyler Winter is studying Mechanical Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin. Winter has written in the past, mainly covering high school sports and some New York Yankees.

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