Recap: Red Wings can’t solve Panthers in 5-2 loss

The Detroit Red Wings concluded their two-game road trip with a 5-2 loss to the Florida Panthers on Thursday night at FLA Live Arena.

Sam Gagner opened the scoring in the first period and Tyler Bertuzzi netted his 28th goal of the season in the second.

Red Wings goalie Alex Nedeljkovicwho had missed Tuesday’s game due to illness, returned to the lineup and started against the Panthers, finishing with 22 saves.

With the loss, Detroit (30-38-10) was swept by Florida in the season series.

NEXT UP: The Red Wings will play their 2021-22 regular season home finale on Saturday, hosting the Pittsburgh Penguins for Fan Appreciation Day at Little Caesars Arena.

SCORING SUMMARY

Detroit 1, Florida 0 (4:08, 1st period)

The Red Wings struck first after Pius Suter slid a pass from the top of the right faceoff circle to Gagner, whose shot zipped under Panthers netminder Sergei Bobrovsky’s glove for his 13th goal of the season.

Video: DET @ FLA: Gagner opens scoring on rush

Florida 1, Detroit 1 (9:19, 1st period)

The Panthers responded when Noel Acciari scored from the slot off a feed by Brandon Montour.

Florida 2, Detroit 1 (18:53, 1st period)

Aleksander Barkov scored a power-play goal for his team-leading 38th tally of the season.

Florida 3, Detroit 1 (19:39, 1st period)

Mason Marchment’s initial pass attempt was broken up by Moritz Seiderbut the puck bounced around in front of Detroit’s crease and eventually trickled past Nedeljkovic into the net.

Detroit 2, Florida 3 (6:15, 2nd period)

Bertuzzi, assisted by Suter and Gustav Lindstromfired a no-look shot from the top of the right faceoff circle past Bobrovsky for his first tally since April 12.

Video: DET @ FLA: Bertuzzi executes spin-o-rama, snaps it high

Florida 4, Detroit 2 (16:05, 2nd period)

MacKenzie Weegar put Florida back up by a pair off a one-timer from the slot.

Florida 5, Detroit 2 (3:50, 3rd period)

Sam Reinhart netted the Panthers’ second power-play goal of the night.

QUOTABLE

Win on Florida’s style of play

“They’re different, stylistically, than some other teams we play. They seemingly can create offense out of nothing. Even when you feel like you’re playing well against them, they find ways to create odd-man breaks.”

Jeff Blashill on whether facing opponents like the Panthers can be beneficial for the Red Wings

“You get a chance to measure yourself and see what you’re good enough at and what you’re not good enough at. I think that’s important.”

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