The Florida Panthers faced off against the Detroit Red Wings at home Saturday night to try and continue Detroit’s losing streak(6), however, they found themselves behind by one point.
Detroit came out firing with Andreas Athanasiou getting his first goal of the season at the 5:28 mark in the first period.
The Panthers were able to draw two Powers Plays but unable to keep the puck down on Detroit’s side to help tie it up late in the first period.
Detroit in the second period once again started strong winning two faceoffs and shooting twice within the first forty seconds.
It was the Panthers though, that took that period in control with Jonathon Huberdeau getting his fourth goal off an Evgenii Dadonov assist with 4:19 into the period. Huberdeau almost had a second goal of the game (7:15) but the referees later reviewed Goalie Interference by Aleksander Barkov.
That didn’t stop the Panthers from continuing their momentum on their third Power Play of night Dadonov(5) scoring their official second goal of the period with an assist from Trocheck and Ekblad.
Gustav Nydquist veteran mentality wasn’t allowing this game to slip behind them by scoring his third goal of the season (10:46). Panthers had their fourth Power Play attempt with only 1:20 left in the second period but couldn’t capitalize.
The third period was a very slow period with no goals scored to keep the game tied and into overtime.
Panthers all season have avoided an overtime game but showed that the extra five minutes of play didn’t faze them. With No goals scored once again, it went to a shootout where Detroit’s Nydquist final try resulted in a Shootout Goal and win for them snapping the six-game losing streak.
Side Note: Panthers C Chase Balisy made his NHL debut after C Connor Brickley was scratched with an upper-body injury. Balisy was recalled on Thursday from AHL Springfield
Report by Elliot Brownstein