Detroit, MI (SportsNetwork.com) - Nick Bjugstad registered the only goal of
the shootout, as Florida rallied from a pair of two-goal deficits in the third
period to post a 5-4 victory at Joe Louis Arena.
Jesse Winchester, Drew Shore and Brad Boyes tallied in the final stanza for
the Panthers, who have taken three of their last four contests.
Sean Bergenheim also lit the lamp while Tim Thomas stopped 26 shots in
regulation and then three in the game's final segment.
"We certainly didn't do everything very well so we certainly have to clean up
those areas but we're finding ways to win," Florida head coach Peter Horachek
Tomas Tatar, Riley Sheahan, Daniel Alfredsson and Gustav Nyquist scored for
the Red Wings, who welcomed Johan Franzen back to the lineup after missing
a month due to a concussion but saw their two-game win streak halted.
"It's hard to really put a finger on it," Sheahan said when asked of why they
lost. "It's kind of just break downs here and there."
Jonas Gustavsson made 33 saves in the setback.
After Tatar missed his chance, Bjugstad closed out the first round by scoring
on a wrister. Alfredsson and Patrick Eaves then failed in turn and Florida
The Wings were up 3-1 after two periods, and a tally early in the third was
wiped out due to Dan Cleary making contact with Thomas in his crease. The
Panthers eventually closed the two- goal gap near the midway point as Tom
Gilbert tipped a Marcel Goc shot on the net, then Winchester crashed the
crease and popped the loose disc home.
The hosts restored that two-goal margin with 6:27 on the clock when Tatar
lifted a Sheahan feed under the crossbar from the right side, yet Shore drew
Florida within 4-3 just under a minute later.
Boyes' short-handed rush up the right wing resulted in a successful shot to
the far post and a tie game with 3:46 to play.
Thomas made three saves and Gustavsson a pair in overtime.
Bergenheim opened the scoring just 1:48 after the first puck drop, taking a
lead pass from Dmitry Kulikov, working towards the Detroit net and scoring on
Nyquist capitalized off a Shore turnover and beat Thomas through the pads at
8:12 of the second, then Alfredsson followed up a Brendan Smith shot to give
the Wings a 2-1 edge 79 seconds later. It was a 3-1 game for the hosts with
1:45 remaining when Sheahan pumped home a power-play tally.
The Panthers improved to 7-5 in shootouts, while the Wings fell to 3-8 ...
Detroit completed its five-game homestand with a 3-1-1 record and face the
Flyers in Philadelphia on Tuesday ... Wings forward Henrik Zetterberg was a
late scratch with an upper-body injury ... Detroit announced prior to the game
that forward Mikael Samuelsson cleared waivers and was assigned to Grand
Rapids of the AHL ... The Panthers activated defenseman Dylan Olsen from
injured reserve and placed forward Tomas Kopecky on IR.
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