Lightning End Motor City Misery, Defeat Red Wings 3-2 In Overtime
Tampa Bay Lightning (12-4-0) Defeat Detroit Red Wings (9-5-4) 3-2 In Overtime
Entering tonight's game in Detroit against the Red Wings the Tampa Bay Lightning had a career record of 1-13-1 in Joe Louis Arena and had not won a game there since January 12, 1994. The last time they picked up a point in Joe Louis came way back on March 8, 2004 in a 1-1 tie. It was the Lightning's first victory over the Red Wings in any venue since December 7, 2003.
The victory is the Lightnings 4th in a row and improves their record to 12-4-0 and gives them an Eastern Conference leading 24 points while the Red Wings drop to 9-5-4 but pick up a point to give them 22 on the season.
The game wasn't decided in regulation butTeddy Purcell came through with his first goal in 10 games with 1:09 to go in the overtime period. It was Purcell's 5th goal on the year with the assist to Richard Panik (7).
It was a sweet victory for Valtteri Filppula returned to Detroit where he played for 8 seasons and a special game for Ryan Malone who was playing in his 6ooth career game and celebrated by scoring the game tying goal in the first period.
In the second period the Lightning penalty kill unit did their job holding the Red Wings off the board for a 4-minute double minor which included 0:36 seconds of 5x3 time. Shortly after the penalty kill unit did its job Steven Stamkos scored his 14th goal on the season.unit to give the Lightning a 2-1 lead.
The Lightning held the lead until 15:48 mark of the 3rd period when Henrik Zetterberg scored his 2nd goal of the game to tie the score at 2-2.
Ben Bishop and the penalty kill units were the stars on the night as Bishop made 25 saves on 27 shots on the night and the penalty kill unit killed 8 minutes of penalty time in the second period.
Steven Stamkos has been on a hot streak over his last 8 games netting 9 goals, 4 assists and a +6 rating said after the game that "we showed that we can hang around with the big guys." He says "I think we're proving we're for real, I think a lot of people are before the season wouldn't have expected this from us and to get off to a good start it's like o.k. 'when do they slow down' -- and I think we're building as a team. We don't play great last game and we got a win, we played great tonight, probably deserved a win in regulation but we stuck with it - it's a good feeling right now."
After the game Lightning coach Jon Cooper gave a lot of credit to Ben Bishop for his work in helping kill off the penalties in the second period. "If I've said it once I've said it a million times your best penalty killer has to be your goaltender and Bish [Ben Bishop] stood tall during that stand for us when we needed him and the guys eventually took over after that."
Cooper was impressed with the play of Richard Panik who had the assist on the game winning goal, "he's probably benefited from me coaching him so I know what he can do. He went through a tough stretch to open the season but he's starting to claw back those minuses and turn them into pluses now and he's deserved his ice time."
The Lightning out shot the Red Wings 34-27 on the night.
The Lightning will travel to Boston to take on the Bruins on Monday afternoon at 1:00 p.m.
Red WingsTie Game At 2-2 And Force Overtime
The Lightning out shot the Red Wings 9-5 in the 3rd period and held a 30-27 advantage but were unable to find the back of the net as Henrik Zetterberg scored the only goal of the period, his second of the game, to tie the game at 2-2 and force overtime.
Lightning Lead Red Wings 2-1 At The 2nd Intermission
The story of the second period was the Lightning penalty kill unit. They had to kill their first penalty at the 5:09 mark when Andrej Sustr was called for hooking. After killing that penalty they had to immediately return to the ice as the Lightning were called for too many men on the ice at the 7:22 mark.
The soup got thicker when with 0:36 to go in the penalty for too many men on the ice Nate Thompson was called for a double minor high sticking. The Lightning killed both the 5-3 advantage and the remaining 3+ minutes of 5-4 play.
Shortly after the Lightning killed the double minor they took a 2-1 lead on Steven Stamkos 14th goal of the season with an assist to Victor Hedman (5). The goal extended Stamkos consecutive points streak to 8 games and goal streak to 6 games.
With the Lightning playing short handed for six minutes of the 2nd period its not a surprise that they were out shot by the Red Wings 15-8 in the period.
Lightning And Red Wings Tied At 1-1 At First Intermission
The Red Wings jumped out to an early 1-0 lead 3:51 into the game when Henrik Zetterberg intercepted a pass and sent a snap shot behind Lightning goalie Ben Bishop. It was Zetterbergs 9th goal on the season.
The Lightning came back and tied the game on a Ryan Malone wrap around goal (8th) with assists to Matt Carle (8) and Nate Thompson(2) at the 10:11 mark. It was Malone's first career goal against the Red Wings.