The Florida Panthers made their final regular season appearance ever at Joe Louis Arena on Thursday night as they edged the Detroit Red Wings 2-1 in overtime. The Panthers played their third game of a six-game road swing and Tom Rowe collected his first win as an NHL head coach. Jaromir Jagr moved to 4th on the NHL all-time list with 1,653 games played as he passed Mark Recchi.
It took a short time for Detroit(11-10-3) to take the lead as they scored at 1:23 of the first period. The Panthers committed a turnover as they trying to bring the puck up the ice. Henrik Zetterberg picked it up in the left circle, went to the slot area and ripped a backhand shot over the left shoulder of Roberto Luongo.
The game was tied by Florida(12-10-2) on a 4-on-4 situation with 1:45 left in the first period. Vincent Trocheck won a face-off in the left circle and Reilly Smith drew the puck back to the left point to Keith Yandle. He placed a cross-ice pass to Jason Demers on the right point and his slapshot went by Petr Mrazek for his third goal of the year.
The contest went into overtime and the Panthers prevailed at 2:04. Jonathan Marchessault sent a lead pass from his own end line to Aleksander Barkov at the red line. He skated in alone on a breakaway into the Red Wings zone, went to the backhand and placed a shot between the pads of Mrazak for the winning goal.