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.