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Lightning aim to turn up effort vs. Red Wings

Tampa Bay looking for secondary scoring in Game 4

by Paul Harris / Correspondent

Game 4: Lightning at Red Wings

Eastern Conference First Round

Tampa Bay leads best-of-7 series 2-1

TV: 7 p.m. ET; NBCSN, FS-F, FS-D, CBC, TVAS2

DETROIT - The Tampa Bay Lightning want to compete at a higher level Tuesday in Game 4 of their Eastern Conference First Round series against the Detroit Red Wings.

The Red Wings won 2-0 Sunday in Game 3.

"I thought our compete was a lot better in [Games] 1 and 2 than it was in Game 3," Lightning forward Ryan Callahan said. We need to get back to the way we were in Game 1 and 2."

Only four players have scored goals for Tampa Bay in the series. The Nikita Kucherov-Tyler Johnson- Alex Killorn line has combined for seven goals, and Brian Boyle has the other one.

In Game 3, the Lightning's forwards only combined for four shots.

"I think it starts in the neutral zone and trying to get pucks deep," Callahan said. "It's one thing to say you need more shots, but you've got to be in their zone to get shots and I don't think we spent enough time in there, so we have to be better in the neutral zone, and that starts coming out of our end clean and going through the neutral zone clean. If we do that and get in their end, obviously we'll generate way more."

Callahan said he doesn't believe in momentum from game-to-game.

"Momentum game to game is gone in the first five minutes of the next game, so I don't really look too much into that," he said. "Obviously they probably feel pretty good about themselves, they played a very good game, but hopefully in the first five-10 minutes [of Game 4], we can turn that tide."

Detroit coach Jeff Blashill agrees.

"I believe in momentum within games for sure," Blashill said. "But game to game, each game takes on a life of its own."

Here are the projected lineups:


Alex Killorn - Tyler Johnson - Nikita Kucherov

Ondrej Palat - Valtteri Filppula - Jonathan Drouin

Cedric Paquette - Vladislav Namestnikov - Ryan Callahan

Mike Blunden - Brian Boyle - Erik Condra

Victor Hedman - Matt Carle

Jason Garrison - Andrej Sustr

Braydon Coburn - Nikita Nesterov

Ben Bishop

Andrei Vasilevskiy

Injured: Steven Stamkos (blood clot), Anton Stralman (broken leg), J.T. Brown (upper body)

Scratched: Matt Taormina, Jonathan Marchessault


Darren Helm - Pavel Datsyuk - Brad Richards

Gustav Nyquist - Henrik Zetterberg - Dylan Larkin

Justin Abdelkader - Riley Sheahan - Luke Glendening

Joakim Andersson - Andreas Athanasiou - Tomas Tatar

Niklas Kronwall - Jonathan Ericsson

Alexey Marchenko - Danny DeKeyser

Brendan Smith - Mike Green

Petr Mrazek

Jimmy Howard

Injured: Drew Miller (knee), Johan Franzen (concussion)

Scratched: Kyle Quincey, Tomas Jurco, Teemu Pulkkinen

Status update: Sheahan, Glendening and Abdelkader will try and duplicate their efforts on Johnson, Kucherov and Killorn in Game 3, in which they didn't allow the Lightning trio a shot.

Who's hot: Tatar has an assist in each of the first three games of the series.

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