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
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.
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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.
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