Game Thread: Lightning at Red Wings – 3/30


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Tampa Bay Lightning at Detroit Red Wings
March 30, 2014 – 5:00 PM


  • Another must win for the Wings in order to maintain a lock on a Wild Card spot for the post season. As mentioned in the last thread, Mike Babcock is four wins away from becoming the winningest coach in Wings history. Game-time is 5:00 EST on FSD

    SYfanSD March 30, 2014 8:41 AM
  • No whistles tonight, eh?

    Clark Rasmussen March 30, 2014 9:23 AM
  • That was actually going wide and Bishop knocked it in. That’s the kind of goal you expect Andersson to score.

    Clark Rasmussen March 30, 2014 9:30 AM
  • Well on the penalty shot Bishop would have had too much of a chance so Nyquist just went ahead and scored before it could be called.

    Clark Rasmussen March 30, 2014 9:40 AM
  • Gudas cross-checks Nyquist in the head. Jackass.

    Clark Rasmussen March 30, 2014 9:45 AM
  • Great play by Miller to beat out the icing but a joke that they were going to call it.

    Clark Rasmussen March 30, 2014 11:32 AM
  • This game was at times awesome, infuriating, and terrifying.


    They’re all must-wins from here on out and Detroit played like it early, showing a lot of jump after playing less than 24 hours earlier.  They controlled play for almost the first ten minutes and got the game’s first six shots.  Of course, former Red Wing Valtteri Filppula got Tampa on the board with just their second shot, so it looked like it was going to be one of those nights.


    The Wings responded, though.  Joakim Andersson’s backhander from down low bounced off goalie Ben Bishop to tie things up and then Gustav Nyquist’s incredible individual effort put them up 2-1.


    I think that first period really decided the game.  If the Wings hadn’t rebounded then, they wouldn’t have later on.


    The second and third were somewhat sloppier but with each team adding one goal, Detroit was able to hold on for the win.


    Johan Franzen drives me nuts.  Jonas Gustavsson drives me nuts.  The officials drive me nuts.  But it’s okay if I’m nuts at the end of the night as long as the Wings come away with two points.


    It should also be noted that Justin Abdelkader was pretty invisible in his return from injury, which I’ll take as a good thing given his role tonight.  He slotted in on the bottom six, didn’t make any egregious mistakes, that’s good enough.


    The win ends Detroit’s run of 10 games in 17 days, during which they went 6-3-1.  They’ve got two days off before they finish the season with seven games in 12 days.

    Clark Rasmussen March 31, 2014 2:35 AM