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3rd period rally propels Red Wings past Panthers 5-3

RED WINGS vs. PANTHERS
30 SOG 26
14 HITS 18
2/3 POWER PLAY 0/3
30 FACE-OFF WINS 36
9 BLOCKED SHOTS 5
5 TAKEAWAYS 6

1st Period

An octopus hit the ice before play got underway. It took some time for both teams to feel each other out and get into a steady game flow. Anthony Mantha put a heavy wrist shot on Roberto Luongo that seemed to sting Luongo who was in visible pain after the shot. Pavel Datsyuk would induce a takeaway and feed Mantha who put a great shot on goal, but Luongo was there to make the pad stop. Gustav Nyquist got a step on the Florida defense and had plenty of open ice in front of him, but would miss the net completely with the attempted shot. Jonathan Ericsson turned the puck over in his own zone, which led to a goal for the Panthers on a great pass from former Red Wing, Jiri Hudler to Nick Bjugstad. Florida kept the pressure on with two quality scoring chances not long after their goal. Jakub Kindl, another former Red Wing would head to the box for hooking. Four seconds later, right off the face-off, Brad Richards let go a point shot that found Tomas Tatar‘s stick through traffic to get the Wings on the board. Justin Abdelkader went to the box for high sticking. The Panthers had a minute and 44 seconds of carry over power play time heading into the second.

2nd Period

No damage was done by Florida with the carry over power play time. Riley Smith would cling a shot off the crossbar. Vincent Trocheck capitalized on a Red Wings turnover and put a quick forehand, backhand shot through Jimmy Howard‘s five-hole. Brendan Smith headed to the box for holding the stick. As the referee was skating to center ice to make the call, he took a tumble and bit the ice, which got a rise from the crowd. The Panthers had two quality scoring chances on the man advantage, but no goals were scored. Teddy Purcell then put the Panthers up by 2 goals as he banked in a shot off Howard, who got tied up with Mike Green and couldn’t recover. Alex Petrovic headed to the box twice in a span of just over three minutes. The first time for high sticking, then the other for tripping. The Wings wouldn’t connect for a goal on the first infraction, but would get a tally on the second. Late in the second, Datsyuk sneaked a quick shot past Luongo to get the Wings within one goal of tying the Panthers. It looked as if the Panthers were going to possibly challenge the goal for goalie interference, but the puck was already past the goal line once Abdelkader’s skate touched Luongo. The Wings were issued a penalty as time expired in the 2nd period, and Darren Helm would sit for two or less to start the third for tripping.

3rd Period

The Red Wings killed off the opening 2 minutes of penalty kill time to start the third. Dylan Larkin let go a wicked wrist shot off a rebound given up by Luongo. Abby and Jonathan Huberdeau participated in a round of fisticuffs and both headed to the box. Larkin tossed the puck at the net and Luke Glendening got a piece of the shot off his chest and it somehow crossed over the line just enough to put the Wings up by one. Kyle Quincey and Jussi Jokinen then both headed to the box for roughing. No damage done by either team during 4-on-4 play. Datsyuk would then seal the deal for the Wings with an empty netter!

What’s next?

The Wings will be off until Tuesday when they stay within the Sunshine State and travel to Tampa to square off against Steven Stamkos and the Tampa Bay Lightning at 7:30.

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