TAMPA -- The Detroit Red Wings responded with a serious uppercut in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference First Round against the Tampa Bay Lightning after getting hit with a gut punch in an overtime loss in Game 4.
Now Detroit has Tampa Bay on the ropes and primed for a knockout.
Petr Mrazek made 28 saves in his second shutout of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, giving the Red Wings a 4-0 win against the Lightning at Amalie Arena on Saturday.
Detroit leads the best-of-7 series 3-2 and can advance to the second round with a win in Game 6 at Joe Louis Arena on Monday (7 p.m. ET; CBC, CNBC, TVA Sports, FS-F, FS-D).
"We have been playing well, we played well in Game 3 and Game 4 outside of the last five minutes," Red Wings forward Henrik Zetterberg said. "We didn’t need to change much. But it’s a tight series and there haven’t been a lot of chances each way. Now we have to continue to play our game and try to finish it out."
Riley Sheahan and Pavel Datsyuk scored power-play goals for the Red Wings, who led Game 4 2-0 before losing 3-2 in overtime.
Drew Miller’s goal at 15:46 of the second period gave the Red Wings a 2-0 lead Saturday, after Detroit held Tampa Bay without a shot for the first 9:41 of the period. Miller scored on a rebound off a shot by Luke Glendening that bounced off Lightning goalie Ben Bishop’s pad.
"Last game something happened that we weren’t very proud of," Miller said. "We wanted to come out and play the right way, we got a lead and we tightened up. The big thing is taking away their speed from the neutral zone. They like to come flying through the neutral zone, so I think cutting them off and making them work a little harder to get into the zone and create offense."
Detroit’s plan to disrupt Tampa Bay's forwards, particularly Steven Stamkos and Tyler Johnson, worked to near perfection again. Stamkos rarely had open space to get down the ice on rushes and does not have a goal in the series after scoring 43 during the regular season.
"I’m working hard and competing but it’s just not going my way," Stamkos said. "I have to do better. No one said it was going to be easy. We need to find a way to do what we did last time at their rink and bring it back here. There's nothing else to do but work hard and try to win."
Mrazek made saves on the few scoring chances the Lightning had and continued to corral rebounds and limit the second and third chances that Tampa Bay had so much success with during the regular season.
"The defense played really well in the second period," Mrazek said. "I think maybe [Tampa Bay got its] first shot after 10 minutes. We had good pressure on their defense and in their zone, and they couldn’t get to our zone."
Sheahan scored at 19:37 of the first period on a power play. The Red Wings moved the puck around the zone and Niklas Kronwall found Sheahan on the right circle and he sent a one-timer past Bishop.
"That goal was pretty deflating," Lightning coach Jon Cooper said. "I thought we came out great in the first 10 minutes and dictated the play. We had a great start and to give up that goal with less than a minute left in the period hurt us."
Datsyuk gave the Red Wings a 3-0 lead with Detroit’s second power-play goal at 15:47 of the third period after Stamkos was given a penalty for boarding Justin Adbelkader.
Red Wings defenseman Danny DeKeyser scored an empty-net goal.
"We have to continue to play hard and give their guys as few touches as possible," Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said. "No team has been able to win two games in a row in this series. We have to get our mind right and keep getting better. We feel good as a team right now and are looking forward to going home."
The Lightning were 0-for-3 on the power play; Bishop made 26 saves.
Tampa Bay lost Game 3, 3-0.
"It's been frustrating not to score, especially for a team that's used to scoring," Cooper said. "If you take the overtime out of this we haven't scored in eight of the last nine periods. And when the object is to score, it's tough to win without scoring."