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Mishkin's Extra Shift: Bolts fall to determined Red Wings team

by Dave Mishkin / Tampa Bay Lightning

Extra Shift: Red Wings 4 Lightning 0

The Red Wings came into this game a determined bunch. They were hungry to pick up their first win over the Lightning in the season series. They were coming off two sub-par defensive performances, games in which they yielded a total of 11 goals. And they wanted to put some separation between themselves and Ottawa and Boston, teams that were closing the gap on them in the Atlantic Division standings.

Credit the Red Wings for playing a complete 60-minute game. They were sound defensively, tenacious on pucks and committed to playing a physical game. They were rewarded with a shutout win, becoming the first club to blank the Lightning this year.

From the Lightning’s perspective, they were not sharp for a long stretch in the second period. That’s when the game was lost. During a 3:56 span in the middle period, the Red Wings netted three goals and took a 3-0 lead. But the Lightning’s rough patch began before Detroit’s first tally and lasted until the final few minutes of the second. During that time, they didn’t match Detroit’s intensity. As a result, they fumbled pucks all over the ice, couldn’t execute clean outlets and spent most of that time pinned back in their own zone. The first Detroit goal came after a missed Lightning outlet, an icing and a failed d-zone clear off the ensuing faceoff. The second goal occurred after a neutral zone turnover, which led to a Justin Abdelkader breakaway. And the final tally in that span came off a hustle play/highlight-reel goal by Gus Nyquist, who rushed down the ice to negate an icing call and took a shot off the carom, lifting a one-timer over Ben Bishop’s glove.

By comparison, the first was not as lopsided, though the Red Wings generated better scoring chances. Luke Glendening had a breakaway and Tomas Tatar had an in-alone chance following a turnover in which Victor Hedman’s stick broke. But Bishop made those key saves to keep the game scoreless. In the third, Detroit played a smart, safe, sound game, forcing the Lightning consistently to carry the puck from deep inside their own zone.

Detroit goalie Petr Mrazek earned the shutout, making 23 saves. The Lightning didn’t accumulate many Grade-A chances, but when they did, Mrazek stopped them.

Unfortunately, the Lightning lost both Jason Garrison and Cedric Paquette to injuries. Hopefully, neither player is seriously hurt. The Bolts now continue the trip Monday in Montreal. Like the Red Wings, the Canadiens will be anxious to post their first win in the season series. The Lightning will need a better overall performance if they hope to end what is now a two-game losing streak.

Lightning Radio Big Moment of the Game:

Joakim Andersson’s goal, which broke the scoreless tie.

Lightning Radio Three Stars of the Game:

1.Petr Mrazak – Red Wings.

2.Gus Nyquist – Red Wings. Highlight reel goal. Assist.

3.Brian Boyle – Lightning. Played forward, defense (after Garrison injury), on power play and on PK. Even rating.

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