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Instant analysis: Red Wings vs. Lightning, Game 5

Killorn goal, Bishop saves help Tampa Bay win series

by Nicholas J. Cotsonika @cotsonika / Columnist

TAMPA -- The Tampa Bay Lightning defeated the Detroit Red Wings 1-0 in Game 5 to win their Eastern Conference First Round series at Amalie Arena on Thursday.

Alex Killorn scored with 1:43 left in the third period. Red Wings goaltender Petr Mrazek played the puck behind his net but didn't get enough on it. Lightning forward Ryan Callahan swooped in and threw the puck in front. Tangled with Red Wings defenseman Niklas Kronwall, Killorn tapped it in.

Ben Bishop made 34 saves for the shutout, including three on breakaways in the second period.

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

What we learned: Though the Lightning won in five games, this series was closer than it appeared. Four of the five games were tied in the third period. Tampa Bay was the better team in Game 2; Detroit was the better team in Game 3. But the other three games could have gone either way. The Lightning made the winning play in each of them.

What this means for the Red Wings: Detroit was eliminated in the first round for the third year in a row and the fourth time in five years. Though the Red Wings have made the playoffs for 25 straight seasons, they face a stiff challenge to keep it going, let alone contend for the Stanley Cup. Veteran center Pavel Datsyuk plans to return to Russia.

What this means for the Lightning: Tampa Bay advanced to the second round for the second straight year and won a playoff series for the fourth time in five tries. The Lightning earned the right to rest while the Florida Panthers and New York Islanders continue to battle. That series is tied 2-2.

Video: DET@TBL, Gm5: Bishop robs third breakaway of the 2nd

Key moment: Three times in the second period, the Red Wings had a breakaway and a chance to take a 1-0 lead. Three times, Bishop stoned them. Riley Sheahan tried to go five-hole; Bishop closed his pads in time. Darren Helm tried to deke; Bishop stopped him with his right pad. Dylan Larkin shot stick side; Bishop turned away the puck with his blocker.

Unsung player of the game: Lightning center Brian Boyle won a defensive-zone faceoff and blocked two shots as he, forward Ryan Callahan and defenseman Victor Hedman killed the first part of a 1:14 two-man Red Wings advantage early in the first period.

What's next: The Lightning will play the Islanders or Panthers in the Eastern Conference Second Round.

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