Red Wings blow 3-0 lead, lose 4-3 in shootout to Panthers
A three-goal first-period lead was not good enough to stop the Red Wings’ skid.
Detroit lost 4-3 in a shootout to the Florida Panthers on Monday night at Little Caesars Arena after leading 3-0 at the end of the first.
“Yeah. It started great. And then it was frustrating to lose a game like that,” said Gustav Nyquist, who scored a goal. “We let up a three-goal lead. I thought it was even in the third, both teams had some chances, but it’s tough to lose.”
The Wings are 0-3-2 in their last five games and 1-6-3 in the past 10.
“No,” said Nyquist, when asked if there is a simple answer to the team’s struggles. “I think we would have done it then. It’s nice that we have some games here again.”
It was the start of a five-game homestand.
The Wings only managed a season-low two shots in the second period and allowed goals by Panthers Jared McCann, Henrik Borgstrom and Jayce Hawryluk to tie the game at 3, going into the third period.
“In the second, I thought we stopped talking, we stopped moving our feet, we stopped shoulder checking,” Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill said. “So we bogged ourselves down, and all of a sudden we were in our end too much.”
It appeared that Andreas Athanasiou had given the Red Wings a 4-3 lead with his second goal of the game, on a power-play 3:55 into the third period. But Florida coach Bob Boughner challenged that the play was offside going into the Panthers zone. Replays showed that it was, and the goal was disallowed.
“Yeah, it’s never a good feeling obviously, but that’s part of the game, that’s going to happen,” Athanasiou said. “There’s not much you can do about it after, it’s just got to be put in the past and focus on your next shift pretty much.”
Jonathan Huberdeau scored the only goal of the shootout while Nyquist, Frans Nielsen and Dylan Larkin were denied for Detroit.
Athanasiou, Nyquist and Thomas Vanek scored in the first period for Detroit. Larkin assisted on Nyquist’s goal to extend his point streak to 14 games (7-11-18), the longest current streak in the NHL and the longest for the Red Wings since Henrik Zetterberg’s 17-game streak to begin the 2007-08 season.
Nyquist’s and Vanek’s goals came 59 seconds apart late in the opening period.
Jimmy Howard made 24 saves.
The three-goal outburst in the first period chased Panthers starter Robertu Luongo, who was replaced by James Reimer to begin the second period. But Detroit only forced Reimer to make 12 saves in the final 45 minutes.
“I thought we gave Reimer a pretty easy night coming in after Luongo,” Nyquist said. “Not good enough.”
… Trevor Daly was a late scratch and Blashill announced after the game that Daly will miss three to five weeks with a foot injury. Daly was honored, along with his family, before the game for playing in his 1,000th career game on Dec. 23 in his native Toronto.
… It was the third game of the day at Little Caesars Arena. Two games in the Great Lakes Invitational College Hockey tournament were played earlier.