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In-Game Recap: Panthers vs. Red Wings

by Dana Wakiji / Detroit Red Wings
Jaromir Jagr

DETROIT -- The Red Wings just faced the Panthers four days ago in Florida.

Although the Wings lost that game, 6-3, Wings coach Jeff Blashill was not disappointed in his team's play.

"I liked a lot of the process in our game. I didn’t like the result," Blashill said. "I certainly didn’t like getting down 3-nothing. They’re one of the better teams in the East for a reason. They do lots of things well. One, they’ve got a great combination of young and old, veteran, I guess I shouldn’t call it old. Veteran, young players."

One of those veteran players is Jaromir Jagr, playing in his 1,600th career game tonight.

The Wings are without defenseman Mike Green, who tweaked his groin in Saturday's 5-1 win against the New York Islanders.

Jakub Kindl replaces Green in the lineup. It's Kindl's first game with the Wings since Dec. 29 at Winnipeg.

But Kindl was playing regularly with the AHL's Grand Rapids Griffins so Blashill doesn't expect a drop-off.

"I’ve watched guys that when they sit for two months and try to play it’s extraordinarily hard, whereas that gives the call-up guys way more of an advantage, because they’re down there playing," Blashill said. "The levels aren’t that much different."

Kindl has two goals and three assists and is plus-1 in 23 games with the Wings this season.

OPPONENT TO WATCH: Jagr, who turns 44 on Feb. 15, has 12 goals and 24 assists in 38 games against the Wings.

The Wings got the first chance with the man-advantage when Aaron Ekblad was called for high-sticking at 2:05.

Brad Richards recorded the only shot during the power play but the Wings could not score.

Then Kyle Quincey went to the box for holding but the Wings' penalty kill was also solid.

Al Montoya started for the Panthers instead of Roberto Luongo and made a nice save on Gustav Nyquist's shot from the mid-slot at 14:24.

The Panthers had another power play when Quincey went to the box for roughing but they were unable to score.

With 43.6 seconds left in the period, Nyquist thought he had scored in the lower right corner of the net but it was waved off on the ice. A review was inconclusive so the call stood and the game remained scoreless.



PENALTIES: 1. FLA, minor, Aaron Ekblad, high-sticking, 2:05. 2. DET, minor, Kyle Quincey, holding, 5:10. 3. FLA, minor, Jussi Jokinen, holding, 13:22. 4. DET, minor, Justin Abdelkader, holding, 13.22. 5. DET, minor. Kyle Quincey, holding, 16:20.

SHOTS: Detroit 9, Florida 4.

The Wings had a good chance when Montoya stopped Pavel Datsyuk's shot from the left circle and Justin Abdelkader was in front for the rebound, but couldn't get a good shot off as Dmitry Kulikov was there to defend.

About five minutes into the second, Riley Sheahan had a nifty move to backhand the puck between his legs and then pass to a streaking Darren Helm on the left side but Helm missed the net.

Abdelkader hit Aleksander Barkov at 6:45 and Barkov went to the dressing room.

The Wings had three shots when Alex Petrovic was in the box for cross-checking but Montoya stopped them all.

Then Quincey went off for his third penalty of the game, this one for tripping, at 10:02, but the Panthers failed to score once again on the power play.

Jagr had a good chance at 14:18 but Mrazek was able to jump and bat the puck up over the net as Jagr did not get a clear shot.

Jagr was also alone in front with just over a minute left when Helm fell down but he shot wide of the net.



PENALTIES: 1. FLA, minor, Alex Petrovic, cross-checking, 6:45. 2. DET, minor, Kyle Quincey, tripping, 10:02.

Detroit 12 (21), Florida 11 (15).

0 The Panthers announced before the start of the third that Barkov had an upper-body injury and would not return to the game.

At 1:50, Richards was called for hooking Brandon Pirri, marking Richards' first penalty in 39 games this season.

The Wings killed off the penalty once again.

Rookie Dylan Larkin managed to keep the puck in the offensive zone despite falling down and the best efforts of Nick Bjugstad.

Larkin got the puck to Jakub Kindl, who shot from the high slot. Tomas Tatar was in front and able to deflect it past Montoya at 4:19.

That gives Larkin 38 points, tied for 16th with Dan Labraaten (1978-79) on the Wings' rookie points list.

Larkin is also tied with Steve Wojciechowski (1944-45) for 14th on the all-time Wings' rookie assist list with 20.

The goal also kept alive the Wings' streak of scoring at least one goal in 76 consecutive regular-season games.

Brendan Smith's brother Reilly was called for tripping at 10:19.

Datsyuk took the puck and his wrist shot beat Montoya at 11:26.

The Panthers challenged the goal, believing it was offside, but a review upheld the goal.

Richards and Zetterberg got the assists.

A little over a minute later, the Euro Twins were back at it.

Zetterberg passed to Datsyuk, who was heading to the net and Datsyuk deked and put the puck between Montoya's legs.

The last time Datsyuk scored two goals was Feb. 23, 2015.


SCORING: 1. DET, Tomas Tatar (16), Jakub Kindl, Dylan Larkin, 4:19. 2. DET, PPG, Pavel Datsyuk (7), Brad Richards, Henrik Zetterberg, 11:26. 3. DET, Pavel Datsyuk (8), Henrik Zetterberg, Justin Abdelkader, 12:34.

PENALTIES: 1. DET, minor, Brad Richards, hooking, 1:50. 2. DET, minor, Jakub Kindl, interference, 5:16. 3. FLA, minor, Aaron Ekblad, interference, 6:50. 4. FLA, minor, Reilly Smith, tripping, 10:19. 5. FLA, major, Derek MacKenzie, fighting, 18:58. 6. DET, major, Justin Abdelkader, fighting, 18:58.

SHOTS: Detroit 10 (31), Florida 8 (23)

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