Florida Panthers returned to the BB&T Center to face the Detroit Red Wings Saturday night coming off two road wins.
Now we all know how excited the match-up between these two teams have been, but tonight by far was the best.
Harri Sateri had the start once again for an injured Luongo and Reimer.
To begin the game, the Wings broke away on open ice but Sateri made an amazing effort for the save.
Panthers got on a hot start as well with an Aaron Ekblad goal within the first 3 minutes taking the lead by one.
Both teams fought vigorously and evenly, and looked like this game was going to be determined by who was the better goalie of the night.
In the second period, Detroit tied it up off a loose puck and broke away for net. Sateri was going to need a bad shot to make the save as the Red Wings drew 4 of the Panthers players to one side of the ice leaving Petrovic and Sateri with a 2-2 situation, with Petrovic not in good position for Sateri to see to shot.
Thats ok though, Panthers All-Star Aleksander Barkov responded with a goal of his own to take the lead back.
Last twenty minutes of play had entered, and the Red Wings tied it back up early off a fortunate deflection off Sateri’s pads for a rebound goal.
Fast-Forward to the last 2 minutes of play the Panthers pounced the blue line and did not leave or so it seemed.
Matheson’s shot was deflected, Bjugstad tried the rebound shot, then it turned in what looked like curling mixed with football as all the Wings players piled with most Panthers players trying to slam the puck in the net. Play continued with no stoppage as the ref was still able to locate the puck.
Finally out of that situation, the Red Wings got one more shot in before the Panthers took control back.
Trocheck made a swift move to avoid losing the puck, made the pass to Ekblad who passed to Yandle, he shoots its blocked and as the Wings goalie falls back Jonathon Huberdeau slips it in with 7.7 seconds left in the game.
It would be reviewed, but the call stood, which did not please the Wings.
Here’s the goal:
— Florida Panthers (@FlaPanthers) February 4, 2018
– This is the 4th season in a row Aaron Ekblad has reached 10 goals, he is 21 years old.
– Maxim Mamin got in his first NHL fight, a long but good one, lets just say I trust his hands.
– Harri Sateri has his puck awareness up and is performing a lot better winning his last 3 games
– Of course the defense for the Panthers are the main reason for Sateri’s success, they pound the opponent aggressively and make many attempts to block which has boosted their game play.
The Panthers next game is against the Vancouver Canucks at home, puck drops at 7:30 p.m.
Doug Plagens has your call on 640 the Hurricane.