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Panthers Wrap-Up: Panthers 2, Red Wings 1

by Glenn Odebralski / Florida Panthers

1 2 3 OT T
Panthers 0 1 1 0 2
Red Wings 1 0 0 0 1
FLA - J. Hayes (3), J. Huberdeau (7)
DET - D. Cleary (2)

DETROIT, MI —  ( - Jonathan Huberdeau's goal 3:29 into the third period broke a tie and lifted the Florida Panthers to a 2-1 victory against the Detroit Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena on Saturday.

Huberdeau took a pass from Shawn Matthias to the right of goaltender Jonas Gustavsson, made a quick step to right and whipped a backhander into the net for his seventh goal of the season.

"You come into this building and this is one of the hardest buildings to win in so your'e going to have to play with energy…We just wanted to make sure we worked both ends of the rink. We know how dangerous they can be with their transition game…I think the guys worked real hard and capitalized on the chances we had."

- Panthers interim head coach Peter Horachek.
1. Early Deficit: On Thursday, Florida found themselves trailing off a goal 5:27 into the game. Saturday was similar as the Panthers found themselves on the wrong end of a 1-0 score minutes into the game. This time, the Red Wings got on the board 4:06 into the game. There, the Wings rushed up the ice on an odd-man break. Justin Abdelkader took a sharp angle shot and Tim Thomas got a piece of it but the puck came out perfectly to a crashing Daniel Cleary and with Sean Bergenheim not able to get back in time to take out Cleary, the forward deposited the puck into the wide open net.

2. A Panther Second: The Panthers settled down after that Red Wings goal and evened out play in the first 20. The second 20 minutes they took it to the home team, dominating play and keeping the puck in the offensive zone for vast amounts of time. Florida would get the game tied early in the period as Shawn Matthias took a shot that handcuffed Jonas Gustavsson. He dropped the puck and Jimmy Hayes was there to bang home the rebound with 2:59 gone. Florida kept the foot on the gas peddle putting up 17 shots on Gustavsson compared to the Wings five shots but the Cats were limited to just Hayes third in his last 10 games since joining the team in the Kris Versteeg trade.

3. Winner Winner Chicken Dinner: Florida kept the foot on the gas in the third and it paid off with the game-winner early in the third. There, reigning Calder Trophy winner Jonathan Huberdeau found space and beat Gustavsson just 3:29 in. That stood up as the game-winner thanks to strong defense and an even better penalty kill. The Wings were given two power play attempts to knot the score, including one with four minutes to play but the Panthers penalty kill unit, led by Thomas, turned everything away. The win, a total team effort, was huge in that it was their first in Division play of the season, getting them a win in a very tough building to play in.
Memorable twitter posts from the game.

@MathiasMejia_: #ComeBackCats did it again today! @FlaPanthers

@dadegrenade: @FlaPanthers @PartyCity YOU DID IT !!!! Be still my erratically beating heart! #CardiacCats

@katie_d_paz: Yayyyy!!! Great win @FlaPanthers!! What a great game!! #FlaPanthers #RedWings

@SpeakForYou89: Loving how the @FlaPanthers are playing now!!!!!!

Memorable fan posts from the game.

Jason Cheseborough: Great game, great win.

Jennifer Ferrara-Bejerano: Way to go guys! Awesome defense!!

Gunther Schenk: Awesome win! Let's do the same tomorrow!

1. Jonathan Huberdeau netted his seventh of the season but it was just his first game-winning goal in the 2013-14 campaign. The GWG, in fact, was just the second of his NHL career.

2. Forward Jimmy Hayes has gotten more and more comfortable since coming over in a trade from Chicago. The big forward tied the game with his third in a Panthers uniform, including in two straight.

3. The Panthers haven't had a lot of luck in the Motor City. The victory was their third in franchise history (3-5-3-1) in 12 games. It was their second win in their last three attempts however.

5. Hayes not only got the offense started for the Panthers but led the way in the hits department as he posted a team-high five on the night. Florida recorded 16 as a team.

17. The Panthers held play in the offensive zone for a lot of the time Saturday night. They outshot the Red Wings 17-5 in the second period alone and 37-23 in the entire game.

Jimmy Hayes
Was a handful for the Red Wings all game, getting the Panthers comeback started and adding in the big hits.

1 Goal, 1 Point, +1, 4 Shots, 5 Hits, 11:50 TOI
The Panthers are right back at it as they play their second game in two days when they head to Chicago to take on the reigning Stanley Cup Champions. Florida will look to win the season series after picking up a point in Sunrise in a shootout 3-2 shootout loss on Oct. 22. There, Florida fought back from a 2-0 deficit heading into the third period with goals from Tomas Fleischmann and Dmitry Kulikov to force overtime but Jonathan Toews scored the shootout winner. Chicago fell in the shootout 3-2 to the Anaheim Ducks Friday night but still sit atop the Western Conference with 45 points (20-6-5). They're led offensively by winger Patrick Kane (34 points in 31 games) along with defenseman Duncan Keith (25 points in 31 games) and Toews (25 points in 31 games). Corey Crawford has been the workhorse between the pipes, going 17-6-3 in 26 games played with a 2.49 GAA and .906 save percentage.

Author: Glenn Odebralski |

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