Red Wings Fall to Lightning in Shootout

The Detroit Red Wings dropped to 0-3 on the year in the shootout on Sunday night, falling to the Tampa Bay Lightning by a 4-3 score.

Tampa Bay’s Ryan Callahan scored in the first round of the shootout, the only goal of the tiebreaker and good enough to give the Lightning the win. Callahan drew Detroit goalie Jimmy Howard to the right and reached around to tuck the puck past Howard’s left side and into the net.

Gustav Nyquist, Tomas Tatar and Darren Helm all failed to score for Detroit while Matthew Carle couldn’t score for Tampa Bay.

Johan Franzen opened the game’s scoring for the Red Wings at 6:14 of the first period. On the faceoff to start a Detroit power play, Henrik Zetterberg won the puck back and Gustav Nyquist jumped in to control it, sending it on to Niklas Kronwall who quickly moved it across the ice to Franzen for a one-timer past Lightning goalie Ben Bishop.

Steven Stamkos replied for Tampa Bay with 7:07 left in the period, rifling a shot from the high slot past Howard on a power play.

Stamkos did it again just 2:19 into the second period, taking a long pass from Ryan Callahan at the Detroit blue line, then letting Brendan Smith skate past him before snapping a shot past Howard. The goal was initially waved off as the puck bounced out of the net so quickly but video review confirmed that it should count.

Tyler Johnson made it 3-1 in favor of the Lightning at 6:02 of the middle frame, moving all alone into the left faceoff circle to take a feed from Ondrej Palat and fire a shot past Howard.

With 8:23 left in the period, Helm pulled Detroit to back within a goal, blasting a shot from the left wing past Bishop on a power play.

Nyquist scored his team-leading eighth goal of the season to even things up at 8:49 of the third period. Gaining the Tampa Bay zone on the right wing, Nyquist skated around two Lightning defenders as he cut to the top of the opposite faceoff circle and snapped a shot past Bishop to make it 3-3.

Bishop finished the night with 17 saves on 20 Detroit shots. Howard stopped 27 of the 30 chances he faced.

Detroit went two-for-four on the power play while the Lightning went one-for-five.

The Red Wings are now off until they host the Chicago Blackhawks on Friday.


Detroit remained without forward Pavel Datsyuk, nursing a groin injury… Kyle Quincey returned to the lineup, having recovered from an ankle injury. Brian Lashoff was a healthy scratch to make room for him… Tomas Jurco was the lone healthy scratch at forward.

Author: Clark Rasmussen

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