Center Nick Bjugstad scored the only goal of the shootout to give
Florida a 5-4 come-from-behind win over the Detroit Red Wings on
Sunday at Joe Louis Arena.
Right winger Brad Boyes' shorthanded goal with 3:46 left in the
third period tied the contest, and defenseman Tom Gilbert made a
desperation game-saving skate save in the crease on a shot by
Detroit defenseman Dan DeKeyser in overtime, when it appeared
DeKeyser had an open net.
"It looked like a goal to me; they had pretty much an empty net, and
he stuck his foot out there and made a big save," Florida coach
Peter Horachek said. "That's character. That's the way you find ways
Gilbert had a different take on his big play.
"You're making a save like that, you're in the wrong spot," he said.
"That's my thinking. I should've come out farther."
Left winger Sean Bergenheim and centers Jesse Winchester and Drew
Shore also scored for Florida (21-24-7). Defenseman Brian Campbell
had two assists and goalie Tim Thomas made 26 saves in regulation
"You don't like to fall behind most nights like that, but we showed
character," Campbell said.
For Detroit (23-18-11), which ended a key five-game home stand
3-1-1, center Riley Sheahan and left winger Tomas Tatar each had a
goal and an assist, and right wingers Gustav Nyquist and Daniel
Alfredsson also scored goals. Goalie Jonas Gustavsson stopped 33
shots in the first 65 minutes.
"We deserved to win this game and we did lots of good things. We
ended up short," Tatar said. "Hockey is 60 minutes and you can't
stop after 55 and let them win the game."
Boyes' game-tying shorthanded tally came after the Red Wings turned
the puck over deep in the Panther zone. Boyes beat Gustavsson from
the right circle off the rush for his 13th goal.
"I looked over and I saw their D start sliding over to Bergy
(Bergenheim). I was like, 'I got to shoot,' " Boyes said.
Winchester had brought the Panthers to within 3-2, 9:12 into the
third period when he put one in off a goal-mouth scramble for his
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The teams then traded goals as Tatar got his 12th to make it 4-2
with 6:27 remaining, and Shore scored his fourth goal of the season
with 5:32 left in the third to make it a one-goal game again.
An apparent goal by Red Wings' defenseman Brendan Smith 2:25 into
the third period was waved off because of incidental contact by
Detroit right winger Daniel Cleary on Thomas.
Detroit scored three goals in the middle period to take a 3-1 lead.
Nyquist tied the score at a goal apiece 8:12 into the second period
when he beat Thomas from the bottom of the right circle after a
turnover by Shore. It was Nyquist's ninth goal and fourth in four
Alfredsson gave the Red Wings a 2-1 lead 9:29 into the second period
by putting in the rebound off the boards behind the net for his 12th
Sheahan's power-play goal gave the Red Wings a 3-1 lead with 1:45
remaining in the second. He put a shot past Thomas from just outside
the crease for his third goal.
Gustavsson made an outstanding glove save on Florida left winger
Scottie Upshall's shot from the inside edge of the right circle 2:21
into the second period.
Bergenheim opened the scoring just 1:48 into the game when he cut in
off the left wing and backhanded a shot past Guatavsson. It was
Bergenheim's 12th goal.
NOTES: Detroit captain and C Henrik Zetterberg was a late scratch
with an upper-body injury. ... Florida C Aleksander Barkov was out
with a lower-body injury. ... Red Wings' RW Johan Franzen returned
after missing 16 games due to a concussion. ... Panthers LW Tomas
Kopecky missed his fourth game with an upper-body injury. ...
Detroit RW Mikael Samuelsson cleared waivers and was sent to the
team's Grand Rapids AHL affiliate. ... The Red Wings were also
without C Pavel Datsyuk (lower body), G Jimmy Howard (knee), C
Joakim Andersson (lower body), C Steven Weiss (groin) and C Cory
Emmerton (finger). ... Florida G Tim Thomas is from Flint, Mich.,
which is about 60 miles north of Detroit.
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