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Panthers Wrap-Up: Red Wings 4, Panthers 3

by Glenn Odebralski / Florida Panthers

1 2 3 OT T
Panthers 0 2 1 0 3
Red Wings 2 0 2 0 4
FLA - PPG - S. Bergenheim (6), N. Bjugstad (8), S. Bergenheim (7)
DET - PPG - D. Alfredsson (10), PPG - H. Zetterberg (12), B. Smith (1), G. Nyqvist (5)

SUNRISE —  ( - The Detroit Red Wings finally found a way to solve the Florida Panthers.

Brendan Smith and Gustav Nyquist scored 38 seconds apart early in the third period to snap a 2-2 tie and the Red Wings held on for a 4-3 victory at BB&T Center on Saturday.

"It doesn't really mean anything. Disappointment is what's on everybody's mind right now. That was too bad. We had chances...First period, we weren't too happy about that."

- Panthers forward Sean Bergenheim on scoring twice in the loss.
1. Wings Powered First: Florida found themselves in penalty trouble early and the Red Wings capitalized. The Cats had did a good job otherwise, limiting the Wings to a couple of chances but the man advantage killed them in the first period. Detroit, in fact, scored on their very first shot as Daniel Alfredsson scored on a screened Scott Clemmensen 3:47 into the game. Then, in his first game back from an injury, Henrik Zetterberg ripped a shot top shelf with 5:31 to play in the period. The Wings would go on the power play three more times in the game and failed to convert but going two-for-two to start would give the Cats a lot to handle.

2. Tied Up Second: Like they've done almost all year, Florida battled back and it came via the second period. The Panthers have been a good second period team of late and Saturday night was no different. Sean Bergenheim scored in his second straight game, taking a feed from Brian Campbell and scoring on the backhand past Jonas Gustavsson with Florida on the power play. That made it a 2-1 game with 12:52 gone in the period. A little over two minutes later it was Nick Bjugstad's turn as the young gun netted his sixth goal in the last 14 games on a beautiful breakaway. The momentum seemed to have turned as Florida had a lot of great chances to take the lead.

3. Two To Many Times: The Cats came back to tie the game after being down a pair of goals but getting down by two once again proved to be too much. Detroit took control of the game early in the third, scoring twice in 38 seconds. First it was defenseman Brendan Smith scoring 42 seconds in. Then Gustav Nyquist gave them the needed cushion 1:20 later. It was a lapse in play from the Panthers and the Wings made them pay. Bergenheim made it a one-goal game with his second of the night at the 4:27 mark. The Panthers had a couple of golden opportunities to tie the game late but Gustavsson foiled Marcel Goc, Tomas Kopecky and Shawn Matthias from in close.
Memorable twitter posts from the game.

@SQL_Tim: Great game tonight despite the @FlaPanthers 4-3 loss. End to end action the entire game.

@waverider816: @FlaPanthers the #younguns played an awesome game and an even more awesome last few minutes!!!!!! #solideffort

@ottttter: You did great boys, your fans still love you! @FlaPanthers

Memorable fan posts from the game.

Jennifer Russell: They fought a good fight!! GO PANTHERS!!!! LETS GET THEM TOMORROW NIGHT!!!

Andrew Levine: We will get them tomorrow. Bergy on fire!

Terry Hanley: That was a hell of a game. Aside from the beginning of the 3rd, there was no quit.

No shame boys....NEXT !

Christina Dimmick: Such an intense game... we had so many chances to tie it up. Good effort.

2. Forward Sean Bergenheim scored two of Florida's three goals against the Wings. It was his second two-goal game of the season, his other coming Nov. 25 against Philadelphia.

3. It was a powered up first half of the game as the teams' first three goals of the game came via the man advantage. Daniel Alfredsson and Henrik Zetterberg made it a 2-0 game with first period power play goals while Bergenheim got the Cats on the board with one of his own.

5. The teams had a lot of chances in the game, combining for 64 shots. In fact, the teams only saw one side fail to hit double digits in shots in a period as Detroit had seven in the opening period.

37. Florida finished the game outhitting Detroit 37-18. Leading the way were defensemen Dylan Olsen and Mike Weaver who finished with seven and six hits respectively.

38. A tied game turned quickly in the Wings favor early in the third as Detroit scored twice in a 38 second span off goals from Brendan Smith and Gustaf Nyquist.

Sean Bergenheim
Despite Florida falling just short, Bergenheim was all over the ice for the Panthers, getting them on the board in the second and then bringing them to within one in the third.

2 Goals, 2 Points, 2 Shots, +1, 15:27 TOI
Florida is right back at it with a 5pm matchup against the Montreal Canadiens at the BB&T Center. This is the second meeting between the two teams with Florida taking a 2-1 win in Montreal on Dec. 15 as Jesse Winchester and Nick Bjugstad scoring for the Cats. The Canadiens are coming off a 2-1 shootout victory in Tampa Bay Saturday night. Montreal is currently third in the Atlantic Division with a 23-13-3 record for 49 points. They're led offensively by blue liner PK Subban (27 points in 39 games) and forward Tomas Plekanec (24 points in 38 games). Goaltender Carey Price has a 18-11-2 record in 31 games with a 2.06 GAA and .932 save percentage. 

Author: Glenn Odebralski |

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