Detroit 3, Florida 1

Thursday, February 6, 2014 7:30 PM

Final Scoring Summary

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Detroit 26-19-4-8 11-11-3-5 15-8-1-3 W2
Florida 22-28-2-5 11-12-1-3 11-16-1-2 L1


Red Wings 3, Panthers 1: Red-hot Gustav Nyquist scored the tiebreaking goal with just over 6 1/2 minutes left in the second period to lift visiting Detroit.

Daniel Alfredsson connected on the power play and defenseman Brian Lashoff added an empty-net tally as the Red Wings notched back-to-back regulation wins for the first time since Nov. 29-Dec. 1. Blue-liner Niklas Kronwall notched two assists and Jimmy Howard made 23 saves to improve to 3-0-1 in his last four appearances.

Scottie Upshall scored the only goal for Florida, which lost for the fourth time in five games (1-4-0). Tim Thomas made 30 saves but failed in his bid to win consecutive starts for the first time since Dec. 7-10.

Detroit dominated the opening period, but the Panthers got the lone goal when Upshall came out of the penalty box for a breakaway and beat Howard to the glove side at 19:34. 

The Red Wings got the equalizer on the power play 6 1/2 minutes into the second period as Justin Abdelkader pounced on a rebound in front and poked a pass to Alfredsson for an easy conversion from the left of the net. Nyquist put Detroit ahead just under seven minutes later with an unassisted tally, his ninth goal in his last nine games.

GAME NOTEBOOK: Alfredsson moved into a tie with Nicklas Lidstrom for second place on the all-time list of Swedish-born players with 1,142 points. ... Panthers RW Tomas Kopecky collected the 100th assist of his career on Upshall's goal. ... Red Wings C Pavel Datsyuk returned from a 14-game injury absence and saw 13:34 of ice time.

Top Game Performances

Detroit   Florida
Niklas Kronwall 2 Points Scottie Upshall 1
Daniel Alfredsson 1 Goals Scottie Upshall 1
Niklas Kronwall 2 Assists Tomas Kopecky 1
Daniel Alfredsson 1 Power Play Goals N/A
N/A Short Handed Goals N/A
Jimmy Howard .958 Save Percentage Tim Thomas .938
Jimmy Howard 23 Saves Tim Thomas 30

Team Stats Summary

Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
Detroit 33 3 1-7 3-3 6 29
Florida 24 1 0-3 6-7 14 24

Upcoming Games

  • Florida will play its next game on the road against Carolina. The Panthers have a W/L % of .348 after a win and .412 after a loss.
  • Detroit will play its next game on the road against Tampa Bay. The Red Wings have a W/L % of .480 after a win and .438 after a loss.
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