NHL Game Summary - Detroit at Florida|
(Friday, November 14th)
Final Score: Detroit 3, Florida 2
Sunrise, FL (Sports Network) - Johan Franzen's power-play goal early in the
third period proved to be the game-winner, as the Detroit Red Wings edged the
Florida Panthers, 3-2, at the BankAtlantic Center.
Marian Hossa scored two goals and Niklas Kronwall registered two assists for
Detroit, which has won four of its last five games. Ty Conklin made 25 saves
in the win.
"That's what we do on this team. We find a way to win," said Franzen. "We
haven't been playing great, far from great, especially defensively, but we're
finding a way (to win) and that's the good thing about this team."
Richard Zednik had a goal and an assist to pace the Panthers, who have dropped
seven of their last nine games. Craig Anderson gave up two goals on 13 shots
before he was replaced by Tomas Vokoun. Vokoun, hampered by back spasms
recently, stopped 18-of-19 shots.
"They're an experienced team," said Florida forward Stephen Weiss. "Their
forwards are good at pressuring the puck and their D (defense) are really
With the clubs locked at two and Florida defenseman Jassen Cullimore in the
box for holding, Kronwall pulled the trigger on a slap shot from up high that
Franzen, positioned in the low slot, deflected up and over Vokoun's shoulder
at the 4:40 mark of the third period and Detroit held off Florida for the
remainder of the game.
Detroit opened the scoring with 2:53 to play in the first period. Hossa
chased down a dump-in along the left boards and, from a seemingly impossible
angle, fired a shot that went off Anderson's left skate and trickled across
the goal line.
Hossa gave Detroit a 2-0 lead, letting fly a snap shot from the top of the
right circle that changed direction and slipped under the right arm of
Anderson 1:37 into the middle stanza.
In an attempt to spark his team, Florida head coach Peter DeBoer yanked
Anderson in favor of Vokoun following Hossa's second tally, and the move
Zednik's backhander put the Panthers on the board at the 6:02 mark of the
second and Weiss netted the tying goal with 8:09 remaining in the middle
Conklin made his fifth start of the season, all have been on the road...Hossa
has recorded four straight multi-point games...Hossa has 29 goals and 55
points in 45 career games against Florida...Detroit is 8-1-1 on the road this
season...The Red Wings, making their first visit to South Florida since
December 15, 2005, are 9-1 with five ties in their last 15 games versus the
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