RED WINGS 2, PANTHERS 1 (SO): Jiri Hudler netted his fourth goal in five games and scored the decisive tally in the second round of the shootout as host Detroit defeated Florida to move past idle Nashville into fourth place in the Western Conference.
Pavel Datsyuk also scored in the shootout and fellow All-Star Jimmy Howard finished with 27 saves for the Red Wings, who snapped a two-game losing skid and won for the fourth time in 14 contests (4-8-2).
Tomas Fleischmann recorded his fourth goal in seven games and Scott Clemmensen turned aside 31 shots for the Panthers, who fell to 1-2-4 in their last seven contests. The Panthers extended their lead to three points over idle Washington in the Southeast Division.
After Datsyuk and Wojtek Wolski traded goals in the first round of the shootout, Hudler wristed his attempt over Clemmensen's glove. Howard then denied Mikael Samuelsson before Kris Versteeg missed the net to end the game.
Fleischmann opened the scoring with 2:22 remaining in the first period after his one-timer from Versteeg beat Howard for his 26th goal.
Hudler leveled the contest 5:30 into the third period after his blast caromed off veteran John Madden and past Clemmensen for his 25th tally.
GAME NOTEBOOK: Fleischmann scored for the first time in six career games against Detroit. The 27-year-old Fleischmann was selected by the Red Wings in the second round of the 2002 draft. ... The Panthers have mustered just 11 goals in their last seven games. ... Florida has three straight home games to end its regular season.