Red Wings Eliminated in Game Seven Loss to Lightning

The Red Wings beat the NHL’s best home team twice on their own ice but couldn’t make it a third time in four tries, as the Tampa Bay Lightning eliminated Detroit from the playoffs with a 2-0 win in Game Seven of their Atlantic Division Semifinal.

Tampa Bay netminder Ben Bishop stopped 31 shots to earn the shutout, the first of his playoff career.

After two scoreless period, trade deadline acquisition Braydon Coburn got the Lightning on the board at 3:58 of the third. With the Red Wings pinned down low, the puck came out to Coburn in the left faceoff circle for a fluttering shot past Detroit goalie Petr Mrazek.

Detroit would be unable to tie it, with Anton Stralman adding an empty-net goal with 1:18 remaining.

Mrazek finished the night with 15 saves on 16 shots against.

The Red Wings were scoreless on three power play chances while the Lightning were held off the board on their four.

Detroit was without defensemen Niklas Kronwall (suspension) and Marek Zidlicky (concussion)… Petr Mrazek, Tomas Jurco, and Alexey Marchenko are now eligible to play for the Grand Rapids Griffins in their Calder Cup run.

Pregame: Lightning @ Red Wings – Game 7

The Red Wings and the Lightning meet in Game Seven of their Atlantic Division Semifinal in Tampa tonight.

Detroit will enter the deciding game without two of their top six defensemen. Niklas Kronwall is suspended for one game for his hit on Tampa Bay’s Nikita Kucherov in Game Six while Marek Zidlicky is out with a concussion. Alexey Marchenko and Jakub Kindl will replace the pair in the lineup.

Petr Mrazek gets the start in goal for Detroit.

Stupid stat of the day: The Red Wings have never won only the odd-numbered games to win a series.

Game time is 7:30 PM on FSD.

Red Wings’ Kronwall Suspended for Game Seven

Detroit Red Wings defenseman Niklas Kronwall has been suspended for one game, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced on Tuesday.

Kronwall will miss Detroit’s Game Seven matchup with the Tampa Bay Lightning.

The suspension comes as a result of Kronwall’s hit on Lightning forward Nikita Kucherov late in the second period in Game Six. DoPS determined that Kronwall led with his forearm to make contact with Kucherov’s head while leaving his feet.

No penalty was called on the play.

Detroit general manager Ken Holland‘s only statement was, “I disagree with the decision.”

Red Wings Fall to Lightning, Series to Go to Seven

The Detroit Red Wings had their chance to finish off the Lightning at home and couldn’t do it, as Tampa Bay earned a 5-2 win in Game Six to force a Game Seven back in Tampa.

It is the second first-round series of this year’s Stanley Cup Playoffs to reach a deciding seventh game, as the Washington Capitals finished off the New York Islanders at home on Monday night.

Tyler Johnson opened the game’s scoring just 3:47 into the game. Victor Hedman sent a long pass from his own goal line to Nikita Kucherov in the neutral zone, who dished it off to Johnson streaking into the Detroit end. Johnson drove in undefended on Detroit netminder Petr Mrazek and lifted a shot over him for a 1-0 lead.

With 8:50 remaining, Jason Garrison made it 2-0, jumping up to turn a three-on-three rush into an odd-man opportunity and snapping a shot from the high slot past Mrazek.

Johnson struck again at 9:09 of the second period, beating Mrazek on a shot from the slot off a long pass from Ondrej Palat on a bad Detroit line change.

The Red Wings got on the board with 7:34 remaining in the middle period as Tomas Tatar snapped a shot from the left faceoff circle past Tampa Bay goalie Ben Bishop for a power play goal.

Tatar pulled Detroit to within a goal just 1:39 into the third, controlling the puck in front of the net until Bishop opened up his five-hole and then sliding it into the net.

Alex Killorn ended Detroit’s comeback hopes with 5:09 remaining, taking advantage of a Marek Zidlicky turnover at the Red Wings’ blueline to break in on Mrazek and beat him high.

Cedric Paquette added an empty net goal to finish off the scoring.

Game Seven will be on Wednesday at 7:30 PM.

Pregame: Lightning @ Red Wings – Game 6

The Red Wings return home to host the Tampa Bay with a chance to eliminate the Lightning and advance to face the Montreal Canadiens in the Atlantic Division Finals.

As expected, Detroit will roll the same lineup they’ve used since Game Three, with Petr Mrazek – coming off of his second shutout in three games – getting the start in goal for the Red Wings.

Stupid stat of the day: The Red Wings are unbeaten on April 27 in games in which they can eliminate their playoff opponent (1988, 1997, 1999, 2002, 2010).

Game time is 7:00 PM on FSD.

Red Wings One Win From Advancing After Blanking Bolts

For the second time in three games, the Detroit Red Wings held the Tampa Bay Lightning scoreless, with a 4-0 win in Game Five of their Atlantic Division semifinal series.

The win gives the Red Wings a 3-2 lead as the series shifts back to Detroit for Game Six.

Detroit rookie netminder Petr Mrazek stopped all 28 shots he faced for his second shutout of the series. Tampa Bay goalie Ben Bishop made 26 stops on 29 shots at the other end of the ice.

The Red Wings opened the scoring with just 23 seconds remaining in the first period. On a power play, Niklas Kronwall fed Riley Sheahan all alone in the left faceoff circle for a one-timer past Bishop and a 1-0 lead.

Drew Miller made it 2-0 with 4:14 left in the second period. Luke Glendening carried the puck into the Lightning zone down the right wing and fired a shot the Bishop kicked aside. Miller was left alone breaking to the net, though, and banged home the rebound.

Another power play goal extended Detroit’s lead with 4:13 left in the third period. From the high slot, Pavel Datsyuk fired a shot through traffic and past a Darren Helm screen, finding the back of the net.

Danny DeKeyser added an empty net goal to round out the scoring.

The Red Wings converted on two of their four power plays. Tampa Bay did not score on three tries with the man-advantage.

Game Six between the two teams will be Monday at 7:00 PM.

Pregame: Red Wings @ Lightning – Game 5

After dropping a 3-2 overtime decision in which they gave up two late goals to tie the game, the Red Wings are back at it tonight, visiting the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game Five of their Atlantic Division Semifinal showdown.

The series sits tied, 2-2, with each team having won and lost at home, but the Lightning have regained home-ice advantage and were the best home team in the league. The Red Wings will have to steal another in Tampa and they’ll face elimination back home on Monday if it’s not tonight.

Detroit will ice the same lineup as they used in both Games Three and Four. Luke Glendening, who missed the end of Game Four with a hand injury, will play. If he is unable to take faceoffs, Joakim Andersson will switch places with Landon Ferraro to center Glendening’s line.

Petr Mrazek gets the start in the Detroit goal against Tampa’s Ben Bishop.

Stupid stat of the day: Every single time the Red Wings have lost Game Four at home in overtime to tie a series, 2-2, they’ve also lost Game Five. They’ve then gone on to win Games Six and Seven to win the series.

Game time is 6:00 PM on FSD.

Red Wings Collapse Late, Lightning Rally to Tie Series

With six minutes remaining in regulation in Thursday’s Game Four between the Red Wings and the Lightning, Detroit seemed poised to take a 3-1 series lead. Instead, Tampa Bay scored two quick goals to force overtime and added the game-winner early in the extra period, tying the series at two games apiece.

Momentum shifted when Detroit forward Luke Glendening, who had been opposing Tyler Johnson‘s line from Tampa Bay, left the game with a hand injury. With Glendening off, Johnson’s line scored all three goals.

Johnson got the Lightning on the board with 5:26 remaining, racing past Darren Helm down the left wing and driving to the net, lifting a shot over the shoulder of Detroit goalie Petr Mrazek.

Just 1:17 later it was 2-2 when Ondrej Palat was left alone to drive to the front of the net and take a pass from Johnson, knocking the puck past Mrazek on a give-and-go play.

Johnson won the game for Tampa Bay at 2:25 of the overtime period. On a three-on-one, Victor Hedman sent a crossing pass to Johnson all alone on the left wing for a low-angle shot into the net.

Gustav Nyquist had opened the game’s scoring for Detroit at 5:42 of the second period. Nyquist forced a turnover in the Lightning end that was picked up by Justin Abdelkader. Abdelkader passed it on to Henrik Zetterberg to the left of goalie Ben Bishop. With Bishop focusing on Zetterberg, Nyquist got to the back door and took a pass before banging the puck home.

A fluke goal with 5:36 left in the period made it 2-0 for Detroit. Joakim Andersson threw a heavy shot on Bishop from the high slot and Bishop knocked it into the air, then attempted to swat it away with his stick. Instead the puck went back towards the goal, off the post and just barely across the goal line.

Bishop finished the night with 22 saves on 24 shots while Mrazek stopped 26 of 29 chances.

Neither team had a power play goal in four tries with the man-advantage.

Game Five is scheduled for 6:00 PM on Saturday in Tampa.

Pregame: Red Wings @ Lightning – Game 4

The Red Wings and Lightning meet in Game Four of their Atlantic Division Semifinal series tonight at Joe Louis Arena.

For the second-seeded Lightning, the game is a virtual must-win, as a loss puts them down 3-1 headed back home for Game Five.

Detroit is under pressure, too. A loss at the Joe ties the series and gives Tampa Bay the home-ice advantage the Red Wings took from them with a Game One win.

Petr Mrazek gets the start in goal for the Red Wings, who will ice the same lineup as they used in winning Game Three.

Stupid stat of the day: The Red Wings are 16-22 all-time in Game Four when leading the series 2-1.

Game time is 7:00 PM on FSD.

Mrazek Blanks Bolts, Red Wings Take 2-1 Series Lead

One game after being pulled for allowing four goals on 18 shots, Detroit goalie Petr Mrazek rebounded, leading the Red Wings to a 3-0 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game Three of their Atlantic Division Semifinal matchup.

Mrazek made 22 saves to earn the win, giving the Red Wings a 2-1 lead in the series.

Pavel Datsyuk opened the game’s scoring 8:46 into the first period. Tomas Tatar let loose with a blast from the point that bounced off Datsyuk’s leg in the slot and past Lightning netminder Ben Bishop.

After a scoreless second period, the Red Wings made it 2-0 at 6:42 of the second period. On a Detroit power play, Justin Abdelkader fed Riley Sheahan at the front of the net. Sheahan drove across the crease, outwaiting Bishop before putting a shot past him.

Luke Glendening added an empty net goal with 49 seconds remaining to close out the scoring.

Bishop finished the night with 18 saves on 20 shots.

Detroit went one-for-four on the power play while the Lightning were scoreless on six attempts with the man-advantage.

The two teams will meet in Game Four in Detroit on Thursday.

Abdelkader made his first appearance of the series after missing the first two games with a hand injury… Brendan Smith swapped in on the blue line for Alexey Marchenko.

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