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Panthers Wrap-Up: Panthers 3, Red Wings 2 (Shootout)

by Glenn Odebralski / Florida Panthers

1 2 3 OT SO T
Panthers 0 0 1 0 2-3 3
Red Wings 1 1 0 0 1-3 2
FLA - S. Bergenheim (3), N. Bjugstad (5), SO - B. Boyes
DET - PPG - T. Bertuzzi (6), P. Datsyuk (13)

SUNRISE, FL —  ( - Pavel Datsyuk had a productive return to the Detroit Red Wings' lineup on Tuesday night, but it didn't stop the Red Wings' third-period issues.

After rallying from a 2-0 deficit in the third, Aleksander Barkov and Brad Boyes scored in the shootout to lead the Florida Panthers to a 3-2 win at BB&T Center.

"We're a strong third period team. Obviously we come back in a lot of games. The main thing is to work on starting off early and getting a lead on teams but we came back and it says a lot about the guys in the locker room."

- Panthers forward Nick Bjugstad.
1. Penalty Troubles: The Panthers had penalty troubles early in their game in Chicago on Sunday and it followed them home in Tuesday's game. It started with a new rule, face-off violation to Scottie Upshall just 10 seconds in and the Panthers were whistled for three in the first period alone. Detroit made them pay on their second attempt with Aleksander Barkov in the box for tripping. There, Johan Franzen took a shot from above the face-off circle. Tim Thomas stopped the shot but former Panther Todd Bertuzzi was there to bang home the rebound 10:26 into the game.

2. Datsyuk's Return: One of the best players in the game, Pavel Datsyuk had missed the previous seven games with a concussion. He made his return to the ice a dominant one. The Russian got a piece of the rebound before Bertuzzi collected the power play goal in the first and gave Detroit a two-goal cushion in the second with his 13th of the season. There, he took the cross-ice feed from Jonathan Ericsson and beat Thomas from inside the face-off circle with 6:47 gone in the period.

3. Comeback Cats: It didn't look good for the Panthers heading into the third period and trailing by two goals but the third period has been the Cats period for most of the season as it's been their most productive period. They did it again, striking twice in a 10 minute span to force overtime and eventually the shootout. First it was Sean Bergenheim tipping Dmitry Kulikov's point shot past Jimmy Howard five minutes in. Then Nick Bjugstad made a beautiful move to the net roofing the puck top shelf with 5:22 remaining. Both teams had their chances in the overtime session but it would ultimately be decided in the shootout. After Thomas stopped Daniel Alfredsson, Barkov beautifully deked out Howard before sliding the puck past the netminder. Tomas Tatar tied the shootout in the second round and after Thomas denied Gustav Nyquist, Brad Boyes ripped a shot past Howard for the additional point. A great comeback victory for the Cats and their second over the Red Wings in four days.
Memorable twitter posts from the game.

@__EvanBrown: Big win for the Panthers tonight! @FlaPanthers #ComebackCats

@J0sh_K0ebel: Barkovs move still has me speechless @FlaPanthers #Nasty

@AlexPena16: Shoot out? No problem! #ComebackCats get the W baby!!! Yessssssssss. @FlaPanthers!

Memorable fan posts from the game.

Marcelo Rodriguez: Wow cats... You are giving us all hope for next season!!

Gregory Cordero: Another great effort Cats!! lets keep it going!

Jennifer Ferrara-Bejerano: Awesome 3rd period! Lets do that all game next time! What a comeback!

0. Detroit had a great chance to win it in overtime as Nickas Kronwall blasted a shot off the cross bar but the Red Wings actually didn't finish with a shot on goal in the overtime session.

3. Florida was whistled for four penalties in the game, three of them came in the first period alone and three of the four were blown for tripping.

5. The Panthers used a couple of fives to get back in the game. Sean Bergenheim scored at the five minute mark of the third period while Nick Bjugstad netted his fifth of the season to tie the game.

34. Trailing by two entering the third, it was the Panthers who added to their third period total with two more as Bergenheim and Bjugstad potted goals. The two gave them 34 third period goals on the season, tied for third most in the NHL.

90. The Panthers honored former alternate captain and franchise leader in games played and assists Stephen Weiss during the first tv timeout of the game. Now wearing No. 90 in Detroit, Weiss finished with a shot on goal on 15:56 of ice time.

Nick Bjugstad
Was all over the ice and got the game tied to send the game to overtime and eventually give the Panthers the two points.

1 Goal, 1 Point, +1, 5 Shots, 2 Hits, 18:58 TOI
Florida will now have two days off before hosting the Washington Capitals on Friday night. The two former Southeast Division foes meet for the the second time this season. In the first meeting on Nov. 2, Florida tied the game at two with a late power play goal from Tomas Fleischmann but the Capitals skated away with the 3-2 shootout victory at the Verizon Center. Washington is currently second in the Metropolitan Division behind the Penguins, with a 17-12-2 record (36 points in 31 games) after downing the Tampa Bay Lightning 5-4 Tuesday night. They're led offensively by Russian sniper Alex Ovechkin (26 goals, 35 points in 29 games) and Nicklas Backstrom (32 points in 31 games). Braden Holtby has seen the majority of time between the pipes, posting a 13-9-1 record with a 2.82 goals against average and .920 save percentage. 

Author: Glenn Odebralski |

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