Postgame: Lightning @ Red Wings – Game 3

So after the first two games I asked whether or not the Lightning were afraid of the Red Wings. After Game Three, they should be.

Whether it was coming home to Joe Louis Arena, the lineup changes, a general wakeup call, or something else, Detroit seemingly flipped a switch. They didn’t look quite as dangerous as I’d like offensively but defensively they shut down Tampa’s top line – a line that has given them fits for two years – and exposed their lack of depth. Aided by the fact that Petr Mrazek had a pretty great game in his return to the crease.

And they needed to. It was a virtual must-win. As is Game Four on Tuesday, with the Wings needing to hold serve.

Author: Clark Rasmussen

Clark founded the site that would become DetroitHockey.Net in September of 1996 with no idea what it would lead to. He continues to write for the site and executes the site's design and development.