Florida opened the scoring late in the first period when Tomas Fleischmann scored his 26th goal of the season at the 17:38 mark of the opening period.
After a scoreless second period, Detroit would tie the game when Jiri Hudler scored his 25th goal of the season at 5:30. Shortly after, Detroit's Kyle Quincy received a 10 minute misconduct penalty for elbowing but the Panthers could not convert.
After a scoreless overtime, the two teams headed to a shootout where Pavel Datsyuk of Detroit and Wojtek Wolski of Florida exchanged goals before Hudler broke the deadlock. Jimmy Howard would then stop the last two Panthers shooters to clinch the victory.
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