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Red Wings end slide with shootout win against Panthers

Nyquist helps Detroit stop six-game losing streak

by Alain Poupart / NHL.com Correspondent

SUNRISE, Fla. -- The Detroit Red Wings ended a six-game losing streak with a 3-2 shootout win against the Florida Panthers at BB&T Center on Saturday.

 

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Gustav Nyquist tied the game in the second period and scored the only goal of the shootout for the Red Wings (5-6-1), who were 0-5-1 since defeating the Vegas Golden Knights 6-3 on Oct. 13.

"It's no secret we've been needing one for a while," Nyquist said. "It was nice to get one tonight and get the win."

Jimmy Howard made 44 saves before stopping Vincent Trocheck, Aleksander Barkov and Radim Vrbata in the shootout.

Video: DET@FLA: Howard gets across quickly to rob MacKenzie

"I think we played all around pretty good," Barkov said. "We had a good defensive game, we had a good offensive game. We had a lot of shots. Gotta give credit to their goalie. He was awesome today. He won the game for them."

Evgenii Dadonov had a goal and an assist, and Jonathan Huberdeau scored for the Panthers (4-5-1). James Reimer, making his fourth consecutive start with Roberto Luongo out with a hand injury, made 36 saves.

Video: DET@FLA: Huberdeau tips Dadonov's shot past Howard

After Frans Nielsen and Andreas Athanasiou failed to score, Nyquist beat Reimer with a shot between the legs in the second half of the third round of the shootout.

"To see that goal go in was real good," Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill said. "We need the win. We need some of these close games. We were tied going into another third period, like we're going to be lots this year, and you've got to find a way to win those games."

Nyquist made it 2-2 at 10:46 of the second period when he split two Florida defensemen to backhand a rebound past Reimer.

Athanasiou, playing in his second game after signing a one-year contract Oct. 20, scored to give Detroit a 1-0 lead at 5:28 of the first period. He took a one-timer from the slot off a feed from Dylan Larkin after a turnover behind the Florida net.

Huberdeau tied the game 1-1 at 4:19 when he stood to the side of the net and redirected Dadonov's pass from inside the blue line. Dadonov made it 2-1 at 8:23 on the power play when he redirected Trocheck's hard pass in the slot from the point. The goal came 1:08 after Huberdeau had a goal overturned after Detroit successfully challenged that Barkov interfered with Howard.

"It was a hard-fought game by both teams," Panthers coach Bob Boughner said. "We knew Detroit was going to be desperate here, and we're desperate ourselves. I liked our game. I really did. I can't say too many negative things about it. We played hard. We created chances. We won the special teams and we had many chances. You have to give Howard some credit, and Reimer played well as well. One of those back-and-forth games."

 

Goal of the game

Nyquist's game-winning goal in the shootout.

Video: DET@FLA: Nyquist buries the shootout winner

 

Saves of the game

Reimer's saves on Luke Glendening and Frans Nielsen at 3:10 of the second period.

Video: DET@FLA: Reimer sprawls to make several big stops

 

Highlight of the game

Dadonov's power-play goal at 8:23 of the second period.

Video: DET@FLA: Dadonov, Trochek combine for nifty PPG

 

They said it

"He was excellent and he's been excellent all year. We just haven't been getting the wins for him." -- Red Wings forward Gustav Nyquist on goalie Jimmy Howard

"We did all the right things. We got the puck in deep. We didn't turn it over too many times. They're a good team too. They got some chances. I thought we just played a really good team game, and if we play like that every night we'll get our fair share of wins." -- Panthers goalie James Reimer

 

Need to know

Four of Detroit's losses during its streak were by one goal. … Detroit has won its past 12 shootouts, starting with a 2-1 victory against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Feb. 23, 2016. … Florida reached 40 shots for the fourth time in 10 games this season. … Florida forward Chase Balisy played 10:47 and had two shots making his NHL debut.

 

What's next

Red Wings: Host the Arizona Coyotes on Tuesday (7:30 p.m. ET; FS-D, FS-A, NHL.TV)

Panthers: Host the Tampa Bay Lightning on Monday (7:30 p.m. ET; FS-F, SUN, NHL.TV)

 

Video: Howard, Nyquist lead Red Wings to shootout win, 3-2

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