A very positive home stand for the Detroit Red Wings ended on a bit of a sour note as they lost to the Florida Panthers. It might have been a little easier to take if they had lost it straight out but they lost in such a way that even the fact that it went to a shootout likely won’t help. There are some good things for them to build on going forward however.
The Wings were behind after the first period but outplayed the Panthers the majority of the game. Going into the third period they held a nice, two-goal lead. Even though the Panthers closed the gap to 3 to 2 during the third, it seemed to be in the bag when Tomas Tatar stretched the lead to 4 to 2.
There is absolutely no way that the Red Wings, especially as good as they had played on the home stand, should have lost a late 2-goal lead to the Panthers. That shouldn’t happen and when it does blame does need to go all around. Consider that one of the goals, the tying goal was a shorthanded goal and it becomes even clearer.
The good news going forward for the Wings is that they still picked up a ton of critical points on the home stand and went a long way towards solidifying their playoff position. Also Riley Sheahan continued to emerge as a budding star in the NHL. As the Wings get healthy, Sheahan will be difficult to move elsewhere with the way he has played. All in all the home stand is a great success for the Wings but they should not have lost this game.