Gustav Nyquist scores in shootout to lift Red Wings over Panthers
SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — The Detroit Red Wings got a much-needed win behind a great performance from their goalie.
Jimmy Howard stopped a season-high 44 shots and Gustav Nyquist scored the tying goal in the second period then got the winner in a shootout, lifting the Red Wings over the Florida Panthers 3-2 on Saturday night to snap a six-game skid.
“It’s no secret we’ve been needing one for a while, it was nice to get one tonight and get the win,” Nyquist said.
Andreas Athanasiou also scored to back a big night from Howard, who also was perfect in the shootout.
“Sometimes when teams are going through a little bit of a slump you need someone to step up,” Howard said. “A long-term recipe for success is not going to be giving up that many shots and opportunities.”
Jonathan Huberdeau and Evgenii Dadonov scored for the Panthers. James Reimer made 36 saves.
“I thought both goalies were excellent tonight,” Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill said.
Nyquist beat Reimer in the third round of the shootout, firing a shot from the left circle.
“To see that goal go in was real good. We need the win,” Blashill said.
The Red Wings have won 12 consecutive shootouts dating to Feb. 23, 2016.
“Three-on-three and the shootout, it’s kind of like a carnival out there,” Reimer said. “You’re just going around playing a little pond hockey and it’s exciting.”
Florida took a 2-1 lead on Dadonov’s power-play goal after he redirected a pass from Vincent Trocheck past Howard at 8:23 of the second.