The Detroit Red Wings have claimed a stellar 5-3 away win against the Florida Panthers at the BB&T Centre.
The potentially season saving win will be crucial to the Red Wings hopes of progressing to the Stanley Cup Finals playoffs, and what will thrill home fans is the fact they have beaten a team ranked 2nd in the Eastern Conference, as well as the manner they did it, winning by more than one goal after being 3-1 down midway through the second period.
The Panthers opened the scoring halfway through the first period with a goal to Nick Bjugstad, but just prior to the end of the period, Jakub Kindl was sent off for the Panthers on a hooking penalty, and the ever reliable Tomas Tatar made use of the powerplay opportunity, equalising for the visitors to make it 1-1 at the end of the first period.
The Wings then killed off an early powerplay before Vincent Trocheck scored for the Panthers, with Josi Jokinen nabbing the assist. When Teddy Purcell added another goal to the Panthers tally to make it 3-1, it looked like yet another disappointing defeat for the Red Wings coming up.
But it was the veteran and the young star who combined to bring the Wings right back into the game, with Pavel Daytsuk scoring off the powerplay and then Dylan Larkin scoring early in the third period to tie the match up. Larkin then got an assist off a goal to Luke Glendening, and Pavel Daytsuk scored from the empty net as Florida decided to have one last throw of the dice.
The win tonight leaves Detroit at 8th spot on the Eastern Conference Ladder and puts them three points clear of the Philadelphia Flyers with 83 points. They will stay in Florida to play the Tampa Bay Lightning at the Amalie Arena on Tuesday.