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Panthers Wrap-Up: Panthers 5, Red Wings 4 (SO)

Cats erase two third period two-goal deficits to stun Wings in Detroit.

Sunday, 01.26.2014 / 8:45 PM ET / Wrap Up
By Glenn Odebralski  - FloridaPanthers.com
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Panthers Wrap-Up: Panthers 5, Red Wings 4 (SO)
1 2 3 OT SO T
Panthers 1 0 3 0 1-2 5
Red Wings 0 3 1 0 0-3 4
FLA - S. Bergenheim (12), J. Winchester (7), D. Shore (4), SHG - B. Boyes (13), SO - N. Bjugstad
DET - G. Nyqvist (9), D. Alfredsson (12), PPG - R. Sheahan (3), T. Tatar (12)

DETROIT —  (NHL.com) - Nick Bjugstad scored in a shootout and Tim Thomas denied all three attempts, lifting the Florida Panthers to a 5-4 win against the Detroit Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena on Sunday after trailing by two goals twice in regulation.

The Red Wings blew a chance to win a season-high third straight game at home, allowing Brad Boyes to score a game-tying, short-handed goal with 3:46 left in the third period a couple minutes after teammate Drew Shore scored.

"Not really. I looked over, I saw their d-man kind of shade towards Bergy so I was like I have got to shoot and I was in a fog after that. I was out of it."

- Panthers forward Brad Boyes asked if he thought of passing the puck on his third period shorthanded equalizer.
1. Fast Start: The Panthers talked about how much the first period killed them in their last game against Colorado as the Avs struck early and scored twice in the opening 20 minutes on Friday. Florida flipped the switch and was ready from the get go against Detroit. They got on the board 1:48 in as Dmitry Kulikov found Sean Bergenheim with a stretch pass and the forward broke in all alone, scoring on the backhand. The first 20 minutes was exactly what they wanted in going into a hostile environment as they outshot Detroit 11-10 and had numerous great opportunities to extend their lead.

2. Costly Miscues: As great of a first the Panthers played, that same work ethic wasn't there in the second 20 minutes. The Red Wings erupted for three goals in the second period and it came off of Panthers miscues in the final 12 minutes. First it was Drew Shore and Ed Jovanovski overskating the puck allowing Gustav Nyquist to tie the game and then an unguarded Daniel Alfredsson scored off the rebound of a Brendan Smith end boards shot 1:19 later. The Wings made it a 3-1 game with 1:45 left in the period when Riley Sheahan scored on the power play as he found himself alone just outside the crease.

3. Now That's A Comeback!: While the teams each took a period of play, the third was a pure energy rush as the Wings had two-goal leads on two separate occasions but the Panthers would not be denied in getting it tied. Jesse Winchester brought them within one and after Tomas Tatar gave them a 4-2 lead, Drew Shore and Brad Boyes (a shorthanded marker) less than two minutes apart in the final 5:32 gave the Cats at least one on the night but they would make it two. After end-to-end action in overtime decided nothing, Nick Bjugstad scored the game winner on the first Panthers shootout attempt as Tim Thomas shut the door for the full two points. The victory gave the Cats three straight wins on the road. 
Memorable twitter posts from the game.

@PrinceLevington: What a effort n' comeback by the boys tonight Gilbert coming through in the clutch w/ a desperation save#TimThomasMVP #Playoffs @FlaPanthers

@MetsPanthersFan: @FlaPanthers never give up on the comeback cats!! How about them Panthers!!!!!

@sarampage: Quite the night, eh @FlaPanthers?

Memorable fan posts from the game.

Jennifer Ferrara-Bejerano: My heart can't take much more of these games! Winchester and Gilbert stepped up BIG! Awesome comeback, 2 much needed points! Go Cats!!!!

John A. Reyes: Comeback cats strike again! What a win!

Jennifer Koury: What a fantastic game. An excellent comeback. I love you, Cats!

3. A number of threes on this one. Brad Boyes tied the game with a shorthanded marker, the Cats third shorty in the last seven games. Florida has had a pension for scoring in bunches of late, marking the fourth time in the last seven games they've put up three goals in a single period.

4. Sean Bergenheim got the Cats on the board with his 12th of the season. Four of his goals have come against the Wings this season.

5. Jesse Winchester netted Florida's second goal of the night. Winchester finished with a team-high five shots (tied with Scott Gomez) and has five points (2-3-5) in his last four games.

10. Defenseman Dylan Olsen returned to the lineup after missing the last 10 games with a lower body injury. The blueliner finished with a shot on 10:56 TOI.

79. The Wing struck for two in the second period 79 seconds apart as Gustav Nyqvist and Daniel Alfredsson scored midway through the period.

Tom Gilbert
A third straight two-assist game as he helped set up Florida's second and third goals in the third. Came up with a HUGE save in overtime to get the game to the shootout.

2 Assists, 2 Points, +2, 3 Blocked Shots, 25:01 TOI
Florida heads east as they play in Boston on Tuesday night. After missing the first game in Boston this season due to injury, Tim Thomas is expected to play for the first time in the building he started his career and against the team he helped win a Stanley Cup. This is the third meeting of the season between the Atlantic Division foes with Florida looking to pick up their first victory (fell 3-2 on Oct. 17 in Sunrise and 4-1 on Nov. 7 in Boston). Boston who sits atop the Atlantic with 67 points (32-15-3) will play Monday night on Long Island before returning home to host the Cats. They're led by David Krejci (42 points in 50 games) and Reilly Smith (37 points in 50 games) while Tuukka Rask is 23-12-3 with a 2.08 GAA and .930 save percentage in 39 games this season.

Author: Glenn Odebralski | FloridaPanthers.com




1 WSH 53 40 9 4 175 120 84
2 FLA 55 32 17 6 153 127 70
3 NYR 55 31 18 6 157 140 68
4 DET 55 28 18 9 138 134 65
5 NYI 53 29 18 6 150 131 64
6 TBL 54 30 20 4 144 130 64
7 BOS 54 29 19 6 159 148 64
8 PIT 54 28 19 7 139 136 63
9 NJD 55 27 21 7 122 123 61
10 CAR 55 24 21 10 131 143 58
11 MTL 56 27 25 4 151 151 58
12 PHI 53 24 20 9 127 138 57
13 OTT 56 25 25 6 157 173 56
14 BUF 56 22 28 6 131 155 50
15 CBJ 56 22 28 6 140 173 50
16 TOR 53 19 25 9 122 149 47


J. Jagr 52 17 23 14 40
J. Huberdeau 55 11 29 12 40
J. Jokinen 55 11 27 12 38
V. Trocheck 55 17 18 3 35
A. Barkov 43 16 19 13 35
R. Smith 55 18 16 12 34
B. Pirri 51 11 13 -3 24
A. Ekblad 51 11 13 19 24
B. Campbell 55 5 18 20 23
N. Bjugstad 40 9 10 -3 19
R. Luongo 24 13 5 .927 2.23
A. Montoya 8 4 1 .926 2.06

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