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Florida’s Mike Weaver, left, and Detroit’s Justin Abdelkader battle for the puck during the second period Thursday in Sunrise, Fla.

Red Wings cage Panthers

– 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.

The Red Wings are hoping to finish strong before the Olympic break and have won three of their past four.

“We’re gaining some confidence here and putting a good stretch together,” Alfredsson said. “We need one good effort here before the break to put ourselves in a better situation.”

BLUES 3, BRUINS 2, OT: In St. Louis, T.J. Oshie scored 3:29 into overtime, as St. Louis swept the season series. Oshie jammed the puck in from the side of the net as the Blues, who scored a 3-2 shootout win Nov. 21 in Boston.

CAPITALS 4, JETS 2: In Washington, after getting an Olympic send-off from Secretary of State John Kerry, Alex Ovechkin scored his NHL-leading 40th goal with 12:14 remaining as Washington rallied from a third-period deficit.

CANADIENS 5, CANUCKS 2: In Montreal, Max Pacioretty scored three goals for his third career hat trick – despite missing on two penalty shots – as Montreal extended Vancouver’s losing streak to six games.

FLYERS 3, AVALANCHE 1: In Philadelphia, Steve Mason stopped 38 shots, and Mark Streit and Michael Raffl scored goals, leading Philadelphia.

SENATORS 3, SABRES 2: In Ottawa, Ontario, Milan Michalek scored his second goal of the game with 23 second left to lift Ottawa.

FLAMES 4, ISLANDERS 2: In Uniondale, N.Y., Matt Stajan scored the tiebreaking goal late in the third period and rookie Reto Berra made 28 saves to lead Calgary.

OILERS 2, RANGERS 1: In New York, Nail Yakupov scored with 1:38 left in regulation as Edmonton improved to 5 -5 in its last 10 games. Ben Scrivens made 35 saves.

MAPLE LEAFS 4, LIGHTNING 1: In Tampa, Fla., Jonathan Bernier made 33 saves to lead Toronto.

WILD 3, PREDATORS 2, OT: In St. Paul, Minn., Nino Niederreiter’s goal with 2:44 left in overtime lifted Minnesota to it fifth straight home win.