Thursday, February 22, 2018
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Lightning up next: Ex-Tampa Bay forward Marchessault has 3 points in Panthers win

SUNRISE — The Panthers' new additions are making the most of their opportunity.

Former Lightning forward Jonathan Marchessault had a goal and two assists, and Colton Sceviour scored his first goal for Florida in a 4-1 win over the Red Wings on Saturday night.

Marchessault, who signed as a free agent in the offseason, has scored in each of the Panthers' first two games and has four points total. The Panthers (2-0-0) face the Lightning (2-0-0) on Tuesday at Amalie Arena.

Marchessault vaulted into a higher role for the defending Atlantic Division champions when Jonathan Huberdeau suffered a leg injury in the preseason.

"It's tough to get an injury that early in the year, and I think our group showed some character and guys are able to step up," Marchessault said. "I think it's real positive again (Saturday)."

Sceviour signed as a free agent in July after playing parts of five seasons with the Stars.

"Everyone is fitting in well, but when you can contribute, obviously it helps bring the team together and you feel like you're helping contribute to something good," Sceviour said. "That was our goal, and we've been doing it so far."

Panthers 19-year-old rookie Denis Malgin recorded an assist on Sceviour's goal for his first NHL point.

"Of course it's nice to get my first NHL point, but the team helped me out and it was a good game," Malgin said.

Aleksander Barkov got his second goal of the season, Vincent Trocheck also scored for Florida and Jaromir Jagr had an assist.

"We've got a lot of new guys on our team, and to see the way we played the first two games for six periods, I thought we played great hockey," Panthers coach Gerard Gallant said. "It's good to see."

Barkov's goal made it 3-1 with 2:22 left, and Marchessault added an empty-netter about a minute later.

The Red Wings fell to 0-2-0 after also losing to the Lightning in their opener.

"We've got something to work on, that's for sure," captain Henrik Zetterberg. "It's early in the year and we're trying to do the right thing, but we're not really connected right now."

Darren Helm scored for Detroit, and Petr Mrazek stopped 34 shots.

"The night didn't start well, the way I wanted," Mrazek said. "The first (goal) went in off (the) skate. We don't have any points, so it's disappointing for us."

Roberto Luongo had 21 saves for the Panthers.

Trailing 2-0, the Red Wings closed to within one on the goal by Helm with 6:53 left in the first. Gustav Nyquist passed from behind the net to Helm in the slot, and his one-timer beat Luongo.

The Panthers took a 1-0 lead on Trocheck's goal 1:10 in. Trocheck passed from behind the net, and the puck bounced off the skate of Red Wings center Dylan Larkin and into the net.

Florida stretched its lead to 2-0 when Sceviour took a cross-ice pass from Marchessault in the bottom of the right circle and fired it past Mrazek at 10:01.

"Top to bottom, we need to be better," Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill said.

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