The Detroit Red Wings took back to the ice again Thursday night, facing off with the Florida Panthers for a 2nd straight game. The Panthers won the prior matchup, with a convincing 4-1 effort over the Red Wings. The Red Wings have struggled on the road so far this season, carrying a 3-13-1 record away from Little Caesars Arena.

    Quick Strike From the Panthers

    The Red Wings offense has had a tendency to start slow in the opening minutes of games this season. That trend was not the case tonight, as the team took an early 1-0 lead. Forward Adam Erne deflected a Troy Stecher point shot, finding its way into the top corner. Erne’s tally was his 7th of the season, matching his career-high. The Panthers responded midway through the period, with Noel Acciari tying things at one apiece. Twenty minutes came and went, and the teams headed to the locker rooms knotted up.

    Quiet 2nd Frame

    The 2nd period found both teams unable to capitalize, and take a lead. Goaltenders Thomas Greiss and Chris Driedger kept their teams in it, exchanging saves throughout the period. After 40 minutes of play, we were all square at one still.

    Back And Forth

    The 3rd period proved to be a different story. Anthony Mantha broke the 1-1 tie early into the period. Mantha barreled into the Panther’s zone and sent a laser of a wrist shot past Driedger. The lead was short-lived, however, as Frank Vatrano scored a timely power-play goal to tie things back up at two. The contest would need overtime, as neither side could find the back of the net again in regulation. OT wouldn’t last long, as Panther forward Alex Wennberg ended things. Wennberg’s goal gave the Panthers the overtime victory, and two game sweep of the Red Wings.

    Red Wings at Panthers Wrap Up

    Falling to 12-21-5 on the season, the schedule does not get any easier for the Red Wings. The team will meet up with the Tampa Bay Lightning next, who hold the top spot in the Central Division. With only 18 regular-season games remaining on the season, the Red Wings will need every point they can get to avoid a last-place division finish.

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