Tomas Fleischmann scored in the first period and Scott Clemmensen made 31 saves, helping the Panthers hold off Detroit for 65 minutes before losing 2-1 in a shootout. The Red Wings came away with the victory, but Florida secured a valuable point to move three ahead of second-place Washington in the Southeast Division.
The Panthers play at Washington on Thursday night, but might not have to win that game to take the division. Florida also leads ninth-place Buffalo by five points in the conference standings, so the Panthers are on the verge of clinching their first playoff spot since 2000.
Five of Florida’s last six games have gone at least to overtime, and the Panthers have an NHL-high 17 losses in overtimes or shootouts.
–Detroit moved a point ahead of Nashville and two ahead of Chicago in the race for the No. 4 seed in the Western Conference.–
Video: Pavel Datsyuk almost scores an amazing goal as he tries to play the puck off the goalie’s helmet from behind the net.
Video: Pavel Datsyuk fires at a wide-open net but is denied as Scott Clemmensen dives across for a tremendous stick save.