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Red Wings 'haven't done anything yet': Richards

Detroit still has long way to go in Eastern Conference First Round series against Tampa Bay

by Paul Harris / Correspondent

DETROIT -- When his Detroit Red Wings lost the first two games of their Eastern Conference First Round series against the Tampa Bay Lightning, coach Jeff Blashill made sure to remind them there was a lot of hockey left to play.

Following the Red Wings' 2-0 win in Game 3 on Sunday, he told them the same thing. 

"We've won one hockey game," Blashill said Monday. "I told our guys the series wasn't over after two games and it certainly isn't over after three games."

The victory allowed Detroit a chance to tie the series in Game 4 on Tuesday (7 p.m., ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports 2, FS-F, FS-D). 

Brad Richards, who is playing in his 26th Stanley Cup Playoffs series, agreed with his coach. 

"We haven't really done anything yet," Richards, a two-time Stanley Cup winner said. "We've won one game, which is really nothing in a seven-game series."

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Nothing maybe, but how the Red Wings earned their one win was significant. 

With Blashill having the last change at home, he was able to match up a line of Luke Glendening, Riley Sheahan and Justin Abdelkader against the Lightning's Tyler Johnson, Nikita Kucherov and Alex Killorn. The trio, which combined for seven of Tampa Bay's eight goals in the first two games, was held without a shot while taking four minor penalties. 

Glendening, Sheahan and Abdelkader were not only able to take away the time and space of Johnson, Kucherov and Killorn, but had possession of the puck and spent a lot of time in the Lightning's offensive zone.

"We just tried to play in their zone as much as we can and cut down their space," Glendening said. 

"The best defense is a good offense and they were able to grind them in the offensive zone," Blashill said.

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The Red Wings know the Game 3 win won't mean much if the Lightning can win Game 4 and go back to Amalie Arena with a 3-1 lead in the best-of-7 series. 

"They have an unbelievable opportunity to go up 3-1 going home. That's what they will be thinking" Richards said.

"Last night's over, we played a good hockey game," Blashill said. "But it better be better [Tuesday] night."

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