After both sides scored in the first round, Hudler beat Scott Clemmensen with
a high wrister. Mikael Samuelsson missed with a backhand, and, following
Todd Bertuzzi's high chance, Kris Versteeg pushed his shot over the net to
end the game.
Hudler also tallied in regulation for the Red Wings, who moved alone into
fourth place in the Western Conference with 99 points. Chicago moved into a
fifth-place tie with idle Nashville, following a shootout loss to Minnesota.
Both are one point back of Detroit.
'We knew it was going to be a tight-checking game, and there wasn't going to
be a whole lot of room to operate out there,' Red Wings head coach Mike
Babcock said. 'They did a good job through the neutral zone and I thought they
Jimmy Howard ended with 27 saves.
Tomas Fleischmann recorded the lone goal for the Panthers, who moved three
points ahead of idle Washington in the race for the Southeast Division.
Clemmensen finished with 31 stops.
'Nothing has been given to us this year,' Panthers head coach Kevin Dineen
said. 'This is what we've been playing for -- to be a big part of the
conversation as we move down the stretch.'
Fleischmann netted the lone goal of the first period, beating Howard with 2:22
remaining on a slap shot from the bottom of the right circle.
Both goaltenders remained strong in the second stanza, halting a combined 17
Detroit finally evened the score with 5 1/2 minutes played in the third
period, when Hudler's offering from the outer edge of the right circle changed
direction off Panther forward John Madden's stick and sailed between
The Panthers got a break as Wings defenseman Kyle Quincey was given a major
and game misconduct for elbowing Tomas Kopecky on the shift after the goal was
scored, but a Dmitry Kulikov tripping minor within the lengthy advantage
derailed any momentum.
The Red Wings improved to 8-2 in shootouts and the Panthers fell to
6-11...Detroit has won three of its last four home games against Florida, and
improved to 6-1-1 with three ties all-time at the Joe against the
Cats...Hudler has recorded a goal in four of the last five games.