Red Wings Steal Game One from Lightning

Though badly outplayed and outshot, the Detroit Red Wings earned a 3-2 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday night, taking a 1-0 lead in their Atlantic Division Semifinal series.

Detroit rookie goalie Petr Mrazek made 44 saves on 46 shots to deliver the Red Wings the victory. Lightning netminder Ben Bishop made just 11 saves on 14 Detroit chances.

Luke Glendening scored the eventual game-winner at 5:50 of the third period. While shorthanded, Glendening chipped the puck past Tampa defenseman Victor Hedman and raced down the right wing to catch up with it. Former Red Wing Valtteri Filppula caught up with him but Glendening held up and spun to his backhand, flinging a shot between Bishop’s pads to make it 3-1.

Just 2:36 later, the Lightning would pull back to within one, as Nikita Nesterov snapped a shot from the high slot past Mrazek through traffic.

Tampa Bay would be unable to even things up despite controlling play for the remainder of the game.

Pavel Datsyuk opened the game’s scoring at 9:03 of the first period, tipping a Kyle Quincey chance from the blueline past Bishop.

With 5:29 remaining in the opening frame, Brian Boyle tied things up on a shorthanded breakaway after blocking an attempted pass by Marek Zidlicky.

Datsyuk would strike again just eight seconds into the second period, snapping a shot over Bishop’s shoulder from the slot off a feed from Darren Helm while on the power play.

Datsyuk’s second was the only power play goal of the night. Detroit had three chances with the man-advantage to Tampa Bay’s seven.

The two teams will meet Saturday afternoon for Game Two of the series.


Detroit forward Justin Abdelkader (hand) was unable to play.

Pregame: Red Wings @ Lightning – Game 1

The Red Wings open up their their first-round matchup with the Tampa Bay Lightning tonight and neither team will be entirely healthy.

Detroit is missing forward Justin Abdelkader, still nursing a sore hand, while Tampa Bay defenseman Jason Garrison is out. The Red Wings are also without forwards Erik Cole and Johan Franzen, who are both out for the season.

Rookie goalie Petr Mrazek gets the nod for the Red Wings. Tampa starter Ben Bishop will also be making his first career playoff appearance, as he was injured for their playoff run last season.

Mrazek is joined by Landon Ferraro and Alexey Marchenko in making his first NHL playoff appearance. Daniel Cleary and Teemu Pulkkinen are the healthy scratches up front, Jakub Kindl and Brendan Smith are out on the blueline, and Jonas Gustavsson is the third goalie.

SSOTD: The Red Wings haven’t won in Tampa since February 17, 2011.

Game time is 7:30 PM on FSD.

Red Wings to Open Playoffs in Tampa on Thursday

The National Hockey League released its schedule for the 2015 Division Semifinals early Sunday morning, revealing that the Detroit Red Wings and Tampa Bay Lightning will open their playoff matchup on Thursday, April 16.

As the Atlantic Division’s second seed, the Lightning will host the third-seeded Red Wings to open the series.

The complete schedule, pending determination of the start times for Games Five, Six, and Seven (if necessary), is as follows:

The Red Wings’ 2015 Atlantic Division Semifinals Schedule
Date Opponent Location Outcome Series
April 16, 2015 Tampa Bay Lightning Away 7:30 PM; CNBC N/A
April 18, 2015 Tampa Bay Lightning Away 3:00 PM; NBC N/A
April 21, 2015 Tampa Bay Lightning Home 7:00 PM; NBCSN N/A
April 23, 2015 Tampa Bay Lightning Home 7:00 PM; NBCSN N/A
April 25, 2015 Tampa Bay Lightning Away TBD N/A
April 27, 2015 Tampa Bay Lightning Home TBD N/A
April 29, 2015 Tampa Bay Lightning Away TBD N/A