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|Tampa Bay Lightning vs Detroit Red Wings|
The Detroit Red Wings continue their skid, and officially drop the season-series against Tampa Bay, as they’re shutout and fall by a score of 3-0 to the Lightning.
The first and second periods were rather uneventful, as they ended up being goaltender battles and unconverted power plays for both sides. Petr Mrazek looked spectacular in goal, playing the puck smartly, being very mobile in the net, and coming out of the crease to cut down on shooting angles when he needed to. Ben Bishop also stood tall, (no pun intended), in his crease, keeping the Wings off the board completely. Only highlight, though unfortunate for the Red Wings, was Johan Franzen taking a high hit to the head from Radko Gudas. There was no call on the hit, and Franzen in frustration broke his stick on the half-boards at the bench and had some very choice words in an elevated form for the official. The outburst earned him an unsportsmanlike minor, and he left to the dressing room to have injury assessed. He did not return. Shots through two periods were 19-13 in favor of Detroit.
It was in the third period where the game completely fell apart for Detroit. Mrazek’s shutout was broken at just 3:13 of the period, when Tomas Tatar was run into at the blue line of his own zone and turned over the puck. It was passed from the wing to the left of Mrazek to a waiting Tyler Johnson who needed only redirect it into the net to make it 1-0 Lightning. They’d strike again at 9:16, in an almost carbon-copy play, when J.T. Brown was left uncovered by any defenseman, only Pavel Datsyuk, in front of the net. He took a pass from the wing and tipped it into the goal to make it 2-0 halfway through the period. Teddy Purcell would add the dagger at 18:45 in an empty net goal to seal the shutout victory. Shots through regulation ended 28-26 in favor of the Wings.
Their coverage just seems to get worse and worse every game. Losing a lot of your veteran players is no excuse to lose your fundamental game and play so loosely. And the production on the power just seems to have completely evaporated in the last handful of games. If your special teams are not producing, chances are you’re going to have a hard time winning. They need to stop for a day, regroup, get their heads back in the game and come back Tuesday night against the Ducks with a solid game. See you then, Nation.