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The Detroit Red Wings once again lost to their rival Tampa Bay Lightning on the road, a trend of 17 games that’s been dating back over ten years now in the regular season.
Two early goals put Detroit behind the 8-ball early, though their intensity would soon pick up. Gritty forward Adam Erne tallied his career high 8th goal early in the 3rd period to bring Detroit back to within a goal, but it’s as close as they’d get.
“We didn’t have the best start, but we battled back into the game,” said captain Dylan Larkin afterwards. “Nothing to be satisfied about, though.”
“I think they looked like a really good hockey team,” Larkin continued. “Puck movement – we didn’t have an answer. We didn’t grind them enough to start, but you have to tip your hat sometimes to plays being made in this League, and they made some good plays there.”
(Thomas) Greiss was great the rest of the game, and our response was great.”
While Larkin was happy with how his team responded after finding themselves in an early hole, he stated they need to start on time moving forward.
“We can’t keep coming up short in games like this against a team like that,” he said. “We need to start getting results. It won’t be easy, but we can’t be satisfied with a 2-1 loss.”
Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy improved his personal record against Detroit to a perfect 12-0, while his team won for the 20th time out of the past 22 against their Motor City counterparts.
“I don’t like the first and second goal in terms of they were preventable,” head coach Jeff Blashill said “They’re a good team and they’re good in the rush, do a good job of pulling up and getting people in late. There were moments were we did good stuff, and moments where we weren’t good enough. I think we can do a better job of creating more chances.”
Red Wings goaltender Thomas Greiss settled in after allowing two early goals, making 27 saves on the afternoon, though his personal record dropped to a less than stellar 2-15-5.
“He was good,” Blashill said of Greiss. “He made a number of good saves and kept us…that’d be my other point on 2-0. The goalie can help keep you in the game, and he did. He looks like he’s at the top of the game.”
The Red Wings and Lightning will once again tango tomorrow afternoon on NBC.
– – Quotes via Detroit Red Wings Link – –