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Mathias Brome scores first NHL goal to help Detroit Red Wings hold off Florida Panthers, 2-1

By NOAH TRISTER

AP Sports Writer

DETROIT — 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.

“I had the same thing happen in my first year in Sweden — I went 13 or 14 games before I got my first point — so I know it will come when you keep creating chances,” Brome said. “I would be more worried if I didn’t have any chances.”

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

“I think we had a flat second period,” Florida forward Frank Vatrano said. “Obviously they’re going to be a hungrier team today with the performance they had yesterday.”

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.