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Lightning defeat Red Wings, advance to second round

Bishop makes 34 saves for shutout; Killorn scores winner with 1:43 left

by Corey Long / Correspondent

TAMPA -- Alex Killorn scored with 1:43 remaining in the third period to lift the Tampa Bay Lightning to a 1-0 win against the Detroit Red Wings in Game 5 of their Eastern Conference First Round series at Amalie Arena on Thursday and send them on to the second round.

Lightning goalie Ben Bishop made 34 saves for his fourth career shutout in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Tampa Bay, which won the best-of-7 series 4-1, will play the winner of the first-round series between the New York Islanders and Florida Panthers. That series is tied 2-2 and resumes Friday at BB&T Center.

Killorn scored the game-winner after Tampa Bay forward Ryan Callahan dumped the puck behind the Detroit net from the left-wing wall just outside the zone. Petr Mrazek left his crease to play the puck, but Callahan skated past the Red Wings goalie, intercepted his pass intended for defenseman Jonathan Ericsson, and quickly sent it in front to Killorn, who scored on a redirection.

Video: DET@TBL, Gm5: Callahan finds Killorn for lead in 3rd

"Callahan kind of jumped him," Killorn said. "And once I saw that Mrazek was out of his net, I was trying to gain position in front, knowing that if Callahan could get it to me, I could probably put it in."

Callahan said the play happened quickly and he was just focused on trying to get to the puck.

"I was trying to rush [Mrazek]," Callahan said. "I know the ice isn't very good at the end of the period and the puck is on the boards, so it was an unfortunate bounce for him and fortunate bounce for us. [Killorn] is going to the net based on the forecheck and how it goes, so I throw it there and he does a great job of getting position on the [defense]."

With Mrazek pulled for the extra attacker, the Red Wings had a 6-on-4 power play for the final 43.6 seconds after Lightning defenseman Jason Garrison was called for cross-checking Henrik Zetterberg.

Pavel Datsyuk and Zetterberg sent shots wide of the Tampa Bay net on the power play, and Bishop made a save on Luke Glendening with two seconds left.

Callahan blocked Mike Green's shot from the point with his skate after Glendening won a faceoff with 5.7 seconds left.

"[Callahan] was a major contributor. He's been unreal," Lightning coach Jon Cooper said. "It's weird that their goalie kind of fanned on the puck, but if Callahan is not on it and Killorn doesn't go to the net, it doesn't happen."

Video: DET@TBL, Gm5: Bishop shuts out Red Wings in clincher

It was Bishop who gave Killorn the chance to play hero. The Red Wings controlled play most of the night, particularly in the second period, when they outshot the Lightning 14-6 and generated their best scoring chances. Bishop made saves on breakaways by Riley Sheahan, Dylan Larkin and Darren Helm in the period, and faced numerous odd-man rushes.

"I just wanted to find a way to win," Bishop said. "The guys have done a good job scoring goals all series for me, scoring three goals every game we won. It was my turn tonight. I was very relieved to see that goal go in. It was kind of a fluky play there, but we'll take it."

The game tightened up in the third period, when Detroit outshot Tampa Bay 11-10.

"Seeing their goal there at the end, that was rough," Zetterberg said. "I thought we deserved better. That could have been, after Game 3 (a 2-0 Detroit win), our best game so far. I thought we did a lot of good things, except get the puck behind Bishop."

It's the second straight year Bishop has eliminated the Red Wings with a shutout. Last year, Tampa Bay defeated Detroit 2-0 in Game 7 of their first-round series.

"Extremely frustrating, I thought our guys played really well and couldn't find a way to get the puck in the back of the net," Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill said. "I thought we kept coming and coming, and it speaks of the character and leadership of the whole room. I thought we played well enough to win, but obviously we didn't."

The Lightning penalty kill was 4-for-4 on Thursday and 24-for-25 in the series. In addition to the 6-on-4 at the end of the game, the Red Wings had a 5-on-3 for 1:14 in the first period.

"Their best players outplayed our best players," Zetterberg said. "We've got to produce more, including me."

Datsyuk, 37, who may not return to the NHL next season, was held without a point in the series.

"I need a little bit to cool down and for the emotion to go out, and then start thinking about more," said Datsyuk, who told the Detroit Free Press before the playoffs that he was going to return to Russia and play in the Kontinental Hockey League next season.

Video: DET@TBL, Gm5: Mrazek saves one-timer, freezes play

Mrazek made 23 saves.

"It's always hard losing a game like that with a minute and a half left," Mrazek said. "[Letting in] that kind of goal is frustrating. We had a lot of chances to finish it earlier. We just couldn't score."

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