The Detroit Red Wings pull off a victory down south, taking down the Florida Panthers 3-1.
The first period, while largely dominated by the Red Wings, would prove uneventful for the most part. They kept great pressure on goaltender Tim Thomas, but failed to convert on any of their chances in the period. Florida would strike first on an unfortunate play at 19:34, when Scottie Upshall left the penalty box at the expiration of a Detroit power play, and took a stretch pass in alone on Jimmy Howard. He put the puck under Howard’s leg for the 1-0 lead leaving the first period. Shots were 11-2 in favor of Detroit.
The second period was where Detroit finally took control of the game and never relinquished it. They’d tie it up at 6:30 on a power play, when Daniel Alfredsson took a rebound at the side of the net after a shot from the blue line, and hammered it home past Thomas for the 1-1 tying goal. They’d strike again well into the period, at 13:22, when Gustav Nyquist took the puck into the Panthers’ zone alone up the wing and let off a wrister that he sniped top-corner over Thomas for the 2-1 lead leaving the period. Shots were 23-8, again in favor of Detroit.
Detroit would end up getting the insurance goal late, in a scenario that started in an unfortunate matter for them. At the end of a penalty kill, at 19:40, Brian Lashoff exited the penalty and raced after the puck that had been cleared of the Red Wings’ zone, with Florida’s net empty as they had pulled Thomas for the 6-on-4 power play. He caught up with it and tapped it into the empty net for the 3-1 final score, ensuring the win for Detroit.
It was a well-fought win from the start. Even after the unfortunate break with the breakaway goal at the end of the first, they never looked back after tying the game in the second. They need to carry this play going in to Tampa on Saturday to take on the Lightning. See you then, Nation!