Friday, December 23, 2016

Red Wings Come Back On Panthers

     Roberto Luongo failed to pass Terry Sawchuk for fifth all-time with his 448th career win as the Florida Panthers were edged by the Detroit Red Wings 4-3 in a shootout on Friday night at BB&T Center. It was the third game of a five-game homestand for the Cats.
     It was not until 2:20 left in the first period when Florida(16-14-5) scored. Jason Demers sent a cross-ice pass from the right point to the left point where Reilly Smith was. He fired a slapshot which went by Jared Coreau.
    Detroit(14-16-4) tied the contest just 12 seconds into the second period. Henrik Zetterberg got to a loose puck on the right wing and fed Anthony Mantha ahead of him. Mantha did a spin move in the slot area and then snapped a shot past Roberto Luongo.
    The Panthers quickly regained the lead 2-1 at 1:29 of the second. Jason Demers sailed a wrist shot from the right point for his sixth goal of the year. Aleksander Barkov and Jaromir Jagr were credited assists on the play.
     Florida made it a two-goal cushion at the 10:27 mark. Michael Matheson sent a cross-ice pass from the left wing to the low right circle and Derek MacKenzie connected on a one-time slapshot.
     In the third period, the Red Wings gained the momentum to cut the margin down to 3-2. Andreas Athanasiou was in the right corner when he found Drew Miller. He went through the left circle and scored his third goal of the campaign.
     Detroit was able to tie the game with 6:09 left in the third period. Tomas Vanek made a pass to the middle and Gustav Nyqvist blasted a shot from the low slot which Luongo saved. Frans Nielsen followed up and put the puck in the net from close range.
     The Red Wings completed the comeback during the shootout. Vanek put in a backhand shot on the second attempt by Detroit while Barkov matched it for Florida with a snap shot. Nielsen got the winning goal on the third attempt as he poked in a shot when trying a forehand shot.

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