Lightning Strike Late, Defeat Red Wings 4-2
Bishop Solid In Goal, Killorn Scores Late As Bolts Defeat Red Wings 4-2
Alex Killorn broke a 2-2 tie with 2:11 remaining in regulation as the Tampa Bay Lightning (33-20-5) defeated the Detroit Red Wings (26-20-12) by a final score of 4-2.
The Bolts needed a victory as they had lost four of their last five games and with the win they head into the Olympic break second in the Atlantic Division with 71 points.
Lightning Coach Jon Cooper was satisfied with the victory saying after the game, "the taste of winning lasts for two weeks, and that's a good taste to have."
The Lightning offense was led by Ondrej Palat who scored two goals including a power play goal to tie the goal in the 2nd period and an empty netter to ice the victory and Tom Pyatt whose goal tied the game at 2-2 before the 2nd intermission.
Ben Bishop starred in net for the Bolts recording 31 saves in holding the opposition to two goals or less for the 22nd time in his past 27 games. After the game echoed his coaches comments saying"A win before the break puts everybody in a good mood."
The Lighting have now defeated the Red Wings in all four contest this season after struggling with them through most of their history. According to NHL.com entering the 2013-2014 season the Lightning had an all-time record against Detroit of 5-24-2-1.