The Panthers Fall to the Red Wings in a Tight 2-1 Affair

Overview

The Florida Panthers started Saturday night’s game well, but couldn’t sustain their lead as they fell to the Detroit Red Wings 2-1. Alex Wennberg would score late in the first with help from Anthony Duclair and Frank Vatrano. After this goal, things started to dip for the Panthers. They would surrender two goals in about 7 minutes. Patrik Nemeth scored the first goal, which was assisted by Christian Djoos and Luke Glendening. Mathias Brome then scored the game winner, which was his first career goal.

Takeaways

Detroit snapped Florida’s 3 game winning streak, with help from Jonathan Bernier, who started on Saturday. Bernier stopped 38 out of 39 shots, improving his season SV% to .910.

In the loss, Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 25 out of 27 shots. Bobrovsky now has a .889 SV% and 3.18 GAA in 8 games played. Chris Driedger has continued to outperform Bobrovsky. Driedger has a .926 SV% and 2.35 GAA in the same amount of games played (8).

Quick Notes

  • Detroit went 0 for 2 on the power play, its 12th straight game without scoring with the man advantage.
  • Saturday’s game was the first regulation loss on the road for the Panthers this season.
  • There was a moment of silence before the game after the death of Sergei Tchekmarev, a longtime team masseur for the Red Wings.

Postgame Quotes

Coach Q on Detroit’s push back tonight: “It had to be a hard night. Those are the types of games you don’t mind being involved in, a tight-scoring game. We needed to find a way to come up with something, and we didn’t.”
Vatrano on Detroit’s push in the 2nd period tonight: “We kind of shot ourselves in the foot there in the second period. We came out flat. At the end of the day, we end up losing 2-1… Sometimes when you take a period off, that’s what happens in the end.”
Florida coach Joel Quenneville on Detroit’s goals: “We gave ’em two free goals, and to me that was the difference,”.

Next Up

The Panthers head back home to face the reigning Western Conference Champs, the Dallas Stars. Puck drop is on Monday night, at 7 PM EST.

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