Hossa powers Red Wings past Panthers

SUNRISE, Florida (Ticker) — Marian Hossa scored two goals and
Johan Franzen netted a power-play tally early in the third
period to snap a tie as the Detroit Red Wings edged the Florida
Panthers, 3-2, on Friday.

Defenseman Niklas Kronwall notched a pair of assists and Ty
Conklin made 25 saves for Detroit, which has won four of five.

Richard Zednik and Stephen Weiss scored and Tomas Vokoun turned
aside 18 shots in relief for Florida.

“You have to pretty much play a perfect game against Detroit,”
Weiss said. “The effort was there, but the end result wasn’t
what we wanted.”

After the Panthers rallied to erase a 2-0 deficit and tie the
game, Franzen – who was standing alone in front of Vokoun –
tipped in Kronwall’s shot from the blue line at 4:40 of the
third to put the Red Wings ahead.

“I just happened to be in the right place when the puck came my
way,” Franzen said. “We were pretty successful putting pressure
on them that (third) period. We were working hard.”

Hossa provided Detroit a 2-0 advantage with his ninth and 10th
goals of the season.

“I was just trying to create chances by shooting the puck at the
net from every angle,” Hossa said.

With just 2:53 left in the first period, the Red Wings
capitalized on some sloppy puckhandling by Panthers starting
netminder Craig Anderson. Hossa gained control of the puck in
the left corner and banked it off Anderson’s skate and into the
net for a 1-0 lead.

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“(Anderson) seemed to have it, but then I saw the referee
signaling (the goal),” Hossa said. “I know he thought he had
it, but he kind of lost control of it, and when it hit the ice,
he knocked it in.”

The goal was the first allowed by Anderson since Sunday’s 3-1
victory in Anaheim. The goalie made 44 saves in that one and
turned aside all 24 shots he faced against Tampa Bay on

Wednesday for his fifth career shutout.

Hossa chased Anderson with a blast from the right faceoff circle
that the Panthers’ netminder was unable to glove just 97 seconds
into the middle session, giving Detroit a 2-0 lead. Anderson
made 11 saves before being replaced.

“(Hossa) was just shooting at every opportunity,” Detroit’s Kirk
Maltby said. “He’s the type of guy that you can count on to go
out there and make plays.”

“You can’t blame (Anderson),” Florida coach Peter DeBoer said.
“I like the way we battled. We changed the goalies to try to
give the team a spark and wake them up. It worked in the second
period, anyway.”

Florida rallied to knot the contest, however, as Zednik buried a
rebound at 6:02 of the second and set up Weiss for blast that
found its way through traffic and past Conklin low to the glove
side with 8:09 to go in the session.

“We played a good first period but stumbled in the second
period,” Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said. “We turned over
some pucks, and it cost us.”