Huberdeau's goal gives Panthers 2-1 win over Wings
- Associated Press
- December 7, 2013 - 8:45 PM
DETROIT — Jonathan Huberdeau's goal early in the third period broke a tie and the Florida Panthers beat the Detroit Red Wings 2-1 on Saturday night.
Jimmy Hayes also scored for Florida. Shawn Matthias had two assists and Tim Thomas stopped 22 shots.
Daniel Cleary scored for Detroit, which is only 5-6-6 at home. Backup goalie Jonas Gustavsson, making his second consecutive start, made 35 saves. It was Gustavsson's first regulation loss of the season (8-1-1).
Huberdeau gave Florida the lead at 3:29 of the third period. Left wide open in front of Gustavsson, Huberdeau put in a backhand shot after making a move for his seventh goal.
Hayes tied it at 1 at 2:59 of the second period with his third goal of the season.
Gustavsson appeared to have a shot by Matthias smothered. But the puck dropped under one of Gustavsson's pads and Hayes poked it in for his second goal in two games.
Cleary opened the scoring 4:06 into the game with his first goal in 24 games. He put in the rebound of Justin Abdelkader's shot for Cleary's second goal of the season.
NOTES: Detroit C Stephen Weiss played his first game against his former team. Weiss signed a five-year, $25 million free agent contract with the Red Wings in July. ... Detroit remained without both C Pavel Datsyuk (concussion) and captain Henrik Zetterberg (herniated disc). The team said that Datsyuk will return on Tuesday when the two teams play in Florida. ... Panthers goalie Tim Thomas is from Flint, Mich., which is about 60 miles north of Detroit. ... The Red Wings were also without C Darren Helm, who missed his second game with a shoulder injury.
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