Luongo, Hoff­man get it done

South Florida Sun-Sentinel (Sunday) - - Nhl - By Paul Har­ris

Ev­genii Dadonov (63) of the Pan­thers cel­e­brates his first-pe­riod goal with Jonathan Hu­berdeau on Satur­day in Detroit.

DETROIT — With the top two lines tak­ing the lead, the Florida Pan­thers found a style of play that suits them Satur­day.

Roberto Luongo made 33 saves, Mike Hoff­man and Eveg­nii Dadonov each scored and the Pan­thers beat the Detroit Red Wings


Hoff­man, Dadonov, lead­ing scorer Jonathan Hu­berdeau and cap­tain Alek­sander Barkov helped Florida play more ag­gres­sively through cen­ter ice and gen­er­ate of­fense. Hu­berdeau and Barkov each had two as­sists. It was Hu­berdeau’s

11th mul­ti­point game in his last 14 — he has five goals and 25 points in that span — and Barkov has seven points in his past four games.

“I don’t mind play­ing on ei­ther of our lines, be­cause there’s so much tal­ent,” said Hoff­man, who scored his

16th goal. “Ob­vi­ously, it is great to play with Barkov and Hubs [Hu­berdeau], but the way Dads [Dadonov] is scoring, I think things are go­ing to stay the same for a while. I’m get­ting plenty of chances with my guys on the sec­ond line.”

Hoff­man’s power-play goal gave Florida a 1-0 lead

3:09 into the game. It was his 16th goal and came nine sec­onds af­ter Detroit de­fense­man Den­nis Cholowski went off for hold­ing. Dadonov made it 2-0 with

2:39 left in the first pe­riod. It was his 17th goal.

“I thought we got back to our iden­tity to­day,” Pan­thers coach Bob Bough­ner said. “We were fast in the neu­tral zone in­stead of go­ing side to side.”

Thomas Vanek scored for Detroit and Jimmy Howard had 21 saves.

“I thought we had enough op­por­tu­ni­ties to win the game, we got to score. First pe­riod not much hap­pened ei­ther way,” Red

Pan­thers at Black­hawks

When/where: 7 p.m./United Cen­ter, Chicago

TV: Fox Sports Florida; Ra­dio: 560-AM; 640-AM (Palm Beach)

Scout­ing re­port: The Pan­thers are play­ing the fi­nale of their four-game road swing. … Florida will have four days off be­fore re­turn­ing to ac­tion Fri­day night ver­sus the Mon­treal Cana­di­ens at the BB&T Cen­ter. … The Black­hawks topped the Pan­thers 5-4 in over­time on Nov. 24. … Bran­don Saad, David Kampf and Pa­trick Kane each had two points in that game. … Chicago is 4-8 in De­cem­ber. … Kane leads the Black­hawks with 43points (17 goals, 26 as­sists). … Jonathan Toews has tal­lied 31 points (16 goals, 15 as­sists), while Alex DeBrin­cat has 30 (16 goals, 14 as­sists). Wings coach Jeff Blashill said. “They got a power play, made a nice play, we had a missed cov­er­age and they score. Then we have an of­fen­sive-zone face­off and five sec­onds later it’s in our net.”

Vanek made it 2-1 in the sec­ond pe­riod with his fifth goal.

Notes: Red Wings F An­dreas Athana­siou was a late scratch with an up­per-body in­jury. “I don’t have any idea be­yond that he couldn’t play tonight,” Blashill said. “Whether he’ll have the chance to play to­mor­row (in Toronto, Sun­day). I would call him ques­tion­able.” Athana­siou was re­placed by F Wade Me­gan . ... Florida was with­out LW Jamie McGinn (back), C Derek MacKen­zie (shoul­der), C Vin­cent Trocheck (an­kle) and C Nick Bjugstad (up­per body) . ... Detroit was al­ready miss­ing RW An­thony Man­tha, D Danny DeKeyser and D Mike Green be­cause of in­juries.


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