Red Wings Fall to Panthers in OT

A Pavel Datsyuk goal wasn’t enough for the Red Wings Friday night, as the Florida Panthers scored in the third period and again in overtime to earn a 2-1 win over Detroit.

Goalie Scott Clemmensen made 39 saves for the Panthers, holding his team in the game early.

Detroit outshot Florida 11-2 in the first period but couldn’t get on the board. It wasn’t until Datsyuk scored late in the second period that the Clemmensen was beaten.

During a Detroit power play Henrik Zetterberg and Brian Rafalski fought to keep the puck near the net, where Datsyuk drove in to slide his own rebound around Clemmensen with 2:02 left in the period.

Stephen Weiss tied the game at 8:13 of the third, banging home a chance from down low after being left wide open on the far side of the crease.

Bryan McCabe won the game in overtime on a shot from the top of the right faceoff circle that slipped through Detroit netminder Chris Osgood‘s pads.

Osgood made 18 saves on 20 shots in his first appearance in over a week after being sidelined by illness.

Detroit will be back on the ice Saturday night in Montreal, with Jimmy Howard getting the start in net.

Author: Clark Rasmussen

Clark founded the site that would become DetroitHockey.Net in September of 1996 with no idea what it would lead to. He continues to write for the site and executes the site's design and development.

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