Red Wings' Down Lightning for Sixth Consecutive Win

The Detroit Red Wings won their sixth consecutive game Wednesday night, a 4-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Lighting.

The game was the first in Detroit for the Steve Yzerman-led Lighting since Yzerman left the Red Wings organization to take over in Tampa Bay.

Pavel Datsyuk opened the game's scoring at 4:58 of the first period. The Lightning failed to clear their zone off a faceoff win and the puck bounced from player to player, ending up near Todd Bertuzzi at the side of the crease. Bertuzzi poked it out to Datsyuk in the slot for a quick shot past goalie Dwayne Roloson.

Jonathan Ericsson's first goal of the season made it 2-0 Detroit with 8:56 left in the period. Ericsson jumped into the play and took a pass from Valtteri Filppula, flinging a shot from the high slot past Roloson.

The Lighting would rally in the second period.

At 9:35 of the period, Martin St. Louis beat Detroit goalie Jimmy Howard from the slot with Tampa Bay on a power play.

With just 14 seconds left in the middle frame, Steven Stamkos was left unguarded at the bottom of the left faceoff circle and took a pass from Matt Gilroy, beating Howard to tie things up.

Tomas Holmstrom scored a power play goal from the side of the net to put Detroit back out in front at 4:22 of the third period and Darren Helm scored while cutting through the middle with 6:46 left in regulation to give the Red Wings the win.

Howard made 21 saves on 23 shots, including a stop on a shorthanded breakaway by Gilroy in the third period. Roloson stopped 31 of 35 Detroit shots.

Each team scored one power play goal. The Red Wings had five chances with the extra attacker while the Lightning had four.

The Wings are back in action on Friday when the visit the Buffalo Sabres, the first game of a three-game road trip.

Notes: After the game, Detroit forward Patrick Eaves was placed on short-term injured reserve and Chris Conner was called up to fill his roster spot.

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The Red Wings host the Lightning tonight, with the big media story being that it's the first visit to Detroit for a Tampa Bay team helmed by Steve Yzerman. Which of course is really a non-story, since it's not like Yzerman will be on the ice.

More of a story is the 1-3-1 trap the Lightning run. I think the Wings have the skill to beat it but that doesn't mean it won't disrupt things, so it should be interesting to watch. As long as it's not aided by hooking and holding being allowed, I have no problem with a defensive setup like that. Force the offence to be good enough to beat it.

Speaking of offense, Fabian Brunnstrom is in the lineup for Cory Emmerton. With Jan Mursak nearing a return from injury, Brunnstrom is being given a chance to prove that he should remain in Detroit. He'll play on the third line alongside Darren Helm and Danny Cleary, with Justin Abdelkader centering Tomas Holmstrom and former Lightning Drew Miller on the fourth line.

Mike Commodore is the other Detroit healthy scratch, with Mursak and Patrick Eaves out injured.

Jimmy Howard gets another start in net.

Game time is 7:30 PM. Versus has the TV for the first time this season.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 11/30/2011 at 6:01 PM


Tenacity on the puck. Broken-ass play that the Wings made something out of.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 11/30/2011 at 7:49 PM


Even Ericsson getting things going. Wings *really* must be clicking right now.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 11/30/2011 at 8:02 PM


Wings really looking good tonight. Tampa not keeping them trapped up. The Lightning are getting enough chances that they could bounce back, though.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 11/30/2011 at 8:24 PM


Stupid penalties lead to the Tampa PPG. All that first period effort wasted with the Lightning back to within one.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 11/30/2011 at 8:53 PM


Not a bad PP for Detroit but really needed a goal there.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 11/30/2011 at 8:59 PM


Ugly second period. And I'm going quiet for awhile to record this week's TP:60 with the TPL guys and Matt Saler from On the Wings.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 11/30/2011 at 9:15 PM


Recording stopped just in time to catch the end of this one. Howard looking strong.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 11/30/2011 at 10:09 PM

Pavel Datsyuk

Pavel Datsyuk
Credit: Clark Rasmussen

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