Panthers beat Red Wings in final seconds, claim third straight win

Matthew DeFranks, Sun Sentinel on

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DeKeyser was an unlikely source of offense for Detroit. He entered Saturday night with just two goals and two assists in 33 games. Unlike teammate Mike Green, DeKeyser isn't lauded for his offensive ability. But he matched his season total for goals in just one game.

His first goal, at 8:51 of the second period, tied the game when he beat Harri Sateri with a wrist shot from the left circle. It marked DeKeyser's second straight game with a goal after he scored in Carolina the night before.

DeKeyser's second goal -- which tied the game at two after Florida regained the lead on Barkov's low wrist shot in the second period -- was less pretty. He crashed the net after a rebound and the puck caromed off his skate and into the net. The officials ruled that it was a good goal, scoring without the aid of a kick.

The Panthers' eight-point deficit for the Eastern Conference's second wild-card spot was the smallest it had been in nearly three weeks. Florida received secondary scoring on its two-game road trip through New York. Its top two lines had balance it didn't through the first three-plus months of the season.

On the line Saturday was Florida's second winning streak of at least three games. It won five in a row in December, but hadn't strung more than two wins together since.

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