Detroit Red Wings Take Second of Back-to-Backs, 3-2 Over TB

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The Detroit Red Wings continue the push to the post-season, as they take down the Tampa Bay Lightning 3-2.

The first goal against the Red Wings was just bad luck in every category. At 8:40, off of a missed interference and too many men against Tampa Bay, the puck would make a bad bounce off of Brendan Smith in his own zone and lay loose in the slot. Valtteri Filppula would take control of it and send it past Jonas Gustavsson to make it 1-0 Lightning. Detroit would respond in glorious fashion though, at 11:08, when Darren Helm let a shot off from the top of the slot, that rebounded to a waiting Joakim Andersson, who put away the backhander around Ben Bishop to tie the game 1-1. They’d do it again in short order, at 15:24, when Gustav Nyquist got away on another breakaway, being hooked and harassed by a chasing defender. He’d miss the chance on the breakaway, but send a shot off from the side of the net, just in front of the goal line, and in behind a sprawled Bishop to take the lead 2-1. Shots in the first were 12-6 in favor of Detroit.

The second period went just as well for the Red Wings. They’d strike again, this time on a power play, at 16:36, when Johan Franzen let off a shot that was redirected in front by the stick of David Legwand, and over Bishop for the 3-1 lead. They’d maintain the lead leaving the second period, and leading in shots 20-19.

The third period was a nail biter down to the end. Tampa Bay would cut the lead at 15:31, on a goal Gustavsson probably should have had. Sami Salo took the puck into the Red Wing’s zone, and fired a shot through the legs of Kyle Quincey. It would beat Gustavsson cleanly in the top-corner to cut the score to 3-2 Detroit. They would withstand the 6-on-5 late in the period, with some very good chances for the Lightning, to take the game 3-2.

The win, for the moment, sets us 2 points ahead of Columbus, they having 1 game in hand on us. This is all we have to do at this point, just keep winning. If they keep up this intensity, and we get some insurance in the form of Pavel Datsyuk back on the ice, they stand a good chance of making the playoffs. They’ll get 2 days off, as the next game is Wednesday night against the Boston Bruins. See you then, Nation!

-Nathan Webb

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Posted by Nathan Webb
Bleeding whiskey and maple syrup, Nathan is an avid Red Wings fan who fills his lack of interest for other sports with even more hockey. Born and raised in Warren, MI, he's been in the thick of Red Wings culture since day one, and views the game from an analytical and objective standpoint. (@TheSarcastrophe)