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  • Lynne Sladky | Associated Press Florida Panthers center Brian Boyle (9) and goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky (72) embrace after the team's NHL hockey game against the Detroit Red Wings, Saturday in Sunrise, Fla. The Panthers won 4-0.

Saturday, November 02, 2019 9:54 pm

Bobrovsky gets 1st shutout for Panthers, 4-0 over Red Wings

PAUL GEREFFI | Associated Press

SUNRISE, Fla. – Sergei Bobrovsky earned his first shutout with Florida, and Jonathan Huberdeau had two goals and an assist as the Panthers cruised to a 4-0 win over the struggling Detroit Red Wings on Saturday night.

Bobrovsky, who signed with the Panthers as a free agent in the offseason, stopped 22 shots for his 34th career shutout.

Aleksander Barkov had a goal and an assist, and Brett Connolly also scored for the Panthers. Keith Yandle added two assists.

The Panthers have won five of seven to move to 7-3-4, their best 14-game start since 1996-97 when they opened 9-1-4.

Jonathan Bernier made 37 saves for Detroit, which fell to 1-9-1 in its past 11 games.

Huberdeau stretched the lead to 3-0 at 6:45 of the second period when he found the puck at the bottom of the right circle and bounced it off a defenseman's skate and into the net.

His second goal made it 4-0 with 9:14 left in the third. Huberdeau pushed in the puck on Bernier's stick side.

Connolly gave the Panthers a 1-0 advantage 3:05 in. After his initial shot hit the post, he grabbed the puck in the right circle and banked it off the far post and in.

Barkov's power-play goal made it 2-0. Barkov was positioned in front of the crease and poked in the rebound of a shot by Huberdeau with 3:06 left in the first.

NOTES: Panthers D Anton Stralman got his 200th NHL assist on the first goal by Huberdeau. ... C Jayce Hawryluk will miss three to four weeks with an upper-body injury. . Red Wings C Valtteri Filppula played his 400th NHL game. ... D Alex Biega returned to the lineup after being a healthy scratch the previous five games.

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Red Wings: Host the Nashville Predators on Monday.

Panthers: Home against the Washington Capitals on Thursday.