DETROIT (AP) — Colton Sceviour had no recollection of his last hat trick.
Sceviour scored three goals — one at even strength, one on the power play and one short-handed — for his first NHL hat trick and added an assist to lead the Florida Panthers to a 5-2 win over the Detroit Red Wings on Sunday.
“That was exciting; I can’t even remember the last hat trick I scored,” Sceviour said. “I can’t take too much credit, though. I think all three goals were shots from the blue (the crease).”
Florida coach Gerard Gallant said Sceviour deserved everything he got.
“He’s a smart veteran player who is getting more ice time, and he’s taking advantage,” Gallant said. “He works hard every day, so it was good to see him have a career night like this.”
Vincent Trocheck had a goal and an assist and Jonathan Marchessault also scored for Florida. James Reimer made 34 saves.
“It was huge to get this win after the three losses on this trip,” Gallant said. “We were able to turn around the way we were playing. We were coming off a bad loss, but so was Detroit.”
Florida lost 3-0 at Buffalo and Detroit lost 1-0 to Boston at home Saturday.
Dylan Larkin and Brendan Smith scored for the Red Wings, and Frans Nielsen had two assists. Peter Mrazek stopped six of the 10 shots before being replaced by Jimmy Howard in the second period. Howard finished with 13 saves.
“Not good enough in the first. We didn’t compete hard enough. We didn’t execute well enough, so when you get yourself down 3-0, you’re digging yourself out,” Detroit coach Jeff Blashill said. “We came out in the second and we played harder, we did lots of things better but we didn’t play smart at all. We gave up crazy chances where it’s too easy to score against us. Not good enough”.
Florida scored three goals in the first period to take a 3-0 lead.
Sceviour scored twice within 23 seconds for a two-goal lead. He scored a power-play goal at 6:09 when he tipped in Trocheck’s cross-crease pass. Sceviour then put in a loose puck from in front at 6:32.
Marchessault made it 3-0 with 2:32 left in the first when he tipped in a cross-ice pass from Denis Malgin to complete a 2-on-1 rush. It was Marchessault’s sixth goal.
“Bad first. I thought they really came in and took charge again, something that we got to be better at,” Detroit captain Henrik Zetterberg said. “I thought in the second we got back into it, worked ourselves into the game and kept on going in the third, too, but a little too late.”
Larkin’s power-play goal put the Red Wings on the scoreboard at 2:36 of the second as he beat Reimer with a one-timer from the right circle for his third goal.
Trocheck restored the three-goal margin 2:26 later on a snap shot from the inside edge of the left circle off the rush. It was Trocheck’s fourth goal and chased Mrazek.
Sceviour completed his hat trick with a short-handed goal with 3:35 left in the middle period, putting a loose puck into an open net with Howard out of position.
It was his fifth goal this season, with four coming against Detroit.
Smith scored a power-play goal with 9:57 left. It was his first goal.
NOTES: Detroit LW Thomas Vanek, who missed his third game with a lower-body injury has been downgraded from day-to-day to week-to-week. … Both teams were playing the second of back-to-back games after being shut out on Saturday. Florida lost 3-0 at Buffalo in the afternoon and the Red Wings 1-0 to Boston at home Saturday night. … This was the second game between the teams this season. Florida won 4-1 at home on Oct. 15.
Panthers: Host Boston on Tuesday night.
Red Wings: At Philadelphia on Wednesday night.
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