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|Detroit Red Wings vs Tampa Bay Lightning|
The Detroit Red Wings’ inconsistency and limp-sticks in extra time continue, as they drop a 2-1 shootout decision to the Tampa Bay Lightning.
The Red Wings came into the first period and dominated play for almost the first 5 minutes of the game. Tampa Bay caught up quickly and the match settled into a very closely-battle goaltender match. Detroit would strike first at 15:04, when Kyle Quincey, getting his first goal in 51 games, flipped a rebound towards goaltender Ben Bishop and had it bounce off the back of his leg and into the net to make it 1-0 Wings. Shots through one period were 8-6 in favor of Detroit.
The second period was very much a mirror of the first; closely-contested defensive battle with great goaltenders at both ends. It’d be a sour end to the period though, as Tampa Bay, at 19:17, took advantage of a bad pass by Quincey, when he sent the puck up the middle of his zone to a waiting Nikita Kucherov, who put the puck through two Red Wings players and a Lightning player, past goaltender Jonas Gustavsson to tie the game 1-1 leaving the period. Shots through two periods were 16-14 in favor of Tampa Bay.
A lack of offense from either side through the entirety of the third period (failure to capitalize on power plays included), and through the extra 5-minute overtime period would send the game to yet another shootout. Though Pavel Datsyuk, Daniel Alfredsson, and Tomas Tatar were the starting shooters for Detroit, a goal would not be scored until the 6th round of the shootout, when Marty St. Louis came in on Gustavsson slow and wide, and let off a quick wrist shot to his far-side, rebounding off the post and in. It was up to Johan Franzen to win it for Detroit, but in a very Franzen-like fashion, he threw a wrist shot right at Bishop to allow them to take the game 2-1.
These 1-point games are getting really old really quickly. No matter which goalie we have in net, you’re not going to win any games that you don’t score in, be it regulation, OT, or the shootout. It’s times like these when we really miss role-players like Helm and captain Zetty. Here’s to hoping the entire team brings their A-game to the table on Saturday, when they take on the Pittsburgh Penguins. See you then, Nation.