Red Wings lose back-to-back at LCA, 4-1 to Panthers
The Red Wings dropped the second of back-to-back home games with a 4-1 loss to the Florida Panthers on Saturday night at Little Caesars Arena.
Dylan Larkin scored the lone Detroit goal, the 100th of his career, and Jimmy Howard made 34 saves. The Wings were 0-for-7 on the power play.
Detroit lost 2-1 to the Pittsburgh Penguins on Friday night thanks to Sidney Crosby’s power-play goal 1:33 into overtime.
“You know, sometimes it comes down to special teams,” Luke Glendening said after Saturday’s loss. “I thought there were parts of our game that we played well, but not the result we’re looking for.”
Larkin made it 2-1 when he came out of the penalty box and took a long pass from Darren Helm in the Detroit zone just outside the Panthers’ blue line. Larkin skated in on a breakaway and beat goalie Sergei Bobrovsky for his 12th goal of the season.
“Again, we stuck together tonight. We battled,” Larkin said. “I thought the game with Pittsburgh (Friday night) was like a playoff game. Tonight was just as physical.
“I think we need to stay out of the box, and we need to convert on the power plays. That’s the story tonight. It’s frustrating we had that many tries on the power play, and we don’t come up with one”
Bobrovsky made the biggest save of the game with 11:45 left. He stopped Frans Nielsen on a breakaway and the rebound to keep the score 2-1.
Aleksander Barkov made it 3-1 with a power-play goal less than five minutes later, and Denis Malgin added an empty-net goal with 1:48 left.
Evgenii Dadonov (17:15) and Mark Pysyk (18:40) – who played his usual defense position and forward on Saturday night – scored in the first period for the Panthers.
Friday night’s game was a better outing for Howard, who has struggled much of the season. He made 35 saves after coming into the game with a 4.26 goals-against average and .876 save percentage.
“Just putting in the effort day in, day out,” he said after that loss. “Still not the outcome we wanted to see. Still, it was a good effort.”
He said the Wings need to “continue to chip at it in practice, continue to work and, when you’re out there, don’t think.”
Howard has not won since Oct. 29 (0-11-2). But he was the reason Friday’s game was close.
“Jimmy played great for us tonight,” Larkin said. “He made some huge saves tonight to keep us in the hockey game.”
Filip Zadina scored for the Red Wings.
Pontiac native Bryan Rust tied the game at 1-1 for Pittsburgh, 3:36 into the third period on the power play with his 20th goal of the season
Zadina’s power-play goal 3:29 into the second period gave the Red Wings a 1-0 lead. His quick shot from the right circle beat Penguins goalie Matt Murray, who was screened by Givani Smith. It was Zadina’s sixth goal.
Valtteri Filppula left after the second period on Saturday night with a lower-body injury.
“We anticipate him being OK),” said coach Jeff Blashill. “I can’t say he’s going to for sure be ready Monday,” when the Red Wings play at Colorado in a 3 p.m. game. “But right now we anticipate him being ready Monday.”