SUNRISE - The Red Wings were desperate for a victory and didn't mind playing a little extra to get it.
After a scoreless but exciting 3-on-3 overtime, the Wings had to go to a shootout where goaltender Jimmy Howard was perfect and Gustav Nyquist scored the only goal to earn a 3-2 win, snapping a six-game losing streak.
The Wings now return home to face the winless Arizona Coyotes on Halloween.
1. Jimmy Howard : Playing in his ninth game of the season, Howard had another busy night in the net. The Panthers, who scored eight goals against Anaheim Thursday night, were buzzing around him for most of the first period. Howard had to make several difficult saves, especially against Evgenii Dadonov, who had four shots in the first period alone, including one on a breakaway. He also stopped Nick Bjugstad as he drove to the net on a Florida power play. Jonathan Huberdeau scored at 4:19 of the second period, but that was a deflected goal off Dadonov's shot. The Panthers thought they had a goal at 7:15 of the second but the Wings challenged for goaltender interference and won because Aleksander Barkov's stick was in Howard's pads. Howard finished with 44 saves in regulation and overtime and three more in the shootout on Vincent Trochek, Barkov and Radim Vrbata.
Quotable: "It's fine. Sometimes when the team's going through a little bit of a slump, you just need somebody to step up." - Howard
Quotable II: "He's in control of his game. He was excellent tonight. I thought both goalies were excellent. We had some real good looks, too. Howie two years ago went to work and his technique, I think, is way better and I think his competitive level is real high. Obviously we're seeing some real good stops in the shootout." - Wings coach Jeff Blashill
2. Gustav Nyquist : Gustav Nyquist was the Wings' third shooter in the shootout and the last chance to avoid another round after Howard had stopped three Florida shooters. Nyquist opted to go five-hole for the winner. But it wasn't the only goal Nyquist had in the game. At 10:46 of the second period, Nyquist followed his own shot and put the rebound past James Reimer for his third goal of the season. Jonathan Ericsson had the lone assist. That goal tied the game at 2.
Quotable: "I got it in our own zone and just skated up the wall and had some time to cut the middle. The far side D was kind of cheating on Hank (Henrik Zetterberg), I was thinking about passing to him first, give it up and then drive to the net. But I managed to put the puck behind him there and then got a little lucky because the D-man got his stick on the puck and kind of shot it on his own net and the rebound was laying right there for me, so it was just tap it in." - Nyquist
3. Andreas Athanasiou: It didn't take long for Andreas Athanasiou to get his first goal of the season. Playing in just his second game since returning to the team, Athanasiou fired a shot from the mid-slot past Florida goaltender James Reimer at 5:28 of the first period. It was Athanasiou's first goal since March 27 at Carolina. Dylan Larkin and Anthony Mantha got the assists on the goal. That gives Larkin nine assists this season and 10 points overall. Athanasiou finished with 21 shifts for 15:14, had two shots, three missed shots, a hit, a takeaway, won 2-of-4 face-offs and was plus-1.
Quotable: "It was good for him. I thought at times that line was good and at times, we got to make sure that they're playing fast. They're so, so fast that they got to make sure they're playing fast. We'll look at that but I thought Double-A overall played real well." - Blashill