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Zetterberg, Nyquist help Red Wings defeat Lightning

by Paul Harris

DETROIT -- Henrik Zetterberg had a goal and an assist to lead the Detroit Red Wings to a 3-1 win against the Tampa Bay Lightning at Joe Louis Arena on Tuesday.

It was the first game between the Lightning and Red Wings since Tampa Bay won their 2015 Eastern Conference First Round series in seven games.

"They're a great team," said Detroit goalie Jimmy Howard, who made 20 saves. "It's very simple why they played in the Stanley Cup Finals last year. They're one of the best teams in the East. We think we're very comparable. I thought we showed that tonight."

Forward Gustav Nyquist and defenseman Kyle Quincey also scored for Detroit (3-0-0). Ben Bishop made 21 saves for Tampa Bay.

The last time the Red Wings started a season 3-0-0 was 2011-12, when they ran it to 5-0-0 before losing.

"Obviously, we have a little history here from playoffs last year so not as intense that it was in April, but I think it was a well-played game," Zetterberg said. "Two good goalies going at it. Howard was good again today. Bishop played well. Obviously, we got one on the power play, our [penalty kill] was good. Overall, it was a good game."

Forward Ryan Callahan scored for Tampa Bay (3-1-0).

"A chess match, bouncy ice, close-checking game," Lightning center Brian Boyle said. "... They play the same. It's a grind every shift. They play four lines for 60 (minutes) and compete."

Nyquist opened the scoring with a power-play goal with 2:08 left in the second period, beating Bishop with a wrist shot from the right faceoff dot. It was Nyquist's first goal of the season.

"Big power-play goal. Good shot by [Nyquist], great net-front presence by Abdelkader (who was in front of Bishop and initially was credited with the goal)," Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill said. "And then I thought our PK was real good in critical moments. Specialty teams can be a little misleading depending on the time of the game. I thought in tonight's game, the timing was great."

Zetterberg scored from the high slot to make it 2-0 at 8:25 of the third period. It was his second goal. Abdelkader also screened Bishop on that goal.

"They picked the corners, we didn't. … Big-time shots," Lightning coach Jon Cooper said. "That's what you've got to do against good goalies."

Zetterberg has seven points (two goals and five assists) in three games.

"It's early, three games," he said. "I had a pretty good start last year then I hit the wall in January. A lot of things can happen, but obviously it's a pretty good start. I just got to wake up tomorrow and feel good."

Callahan pulled the Lightning within a goal with 8:57 left. He beat Howard with a one-time slap shot from the top of the right circle. It was Callahan's second goal and the first Howard allowed this season.

"Hard-fought battle. I think their goalie played pretty well," Boyle said.

"It was a deja vu playoff game all over again," Cooper said.

Quincey scored an empty-net goal with less than two minutes left.

Red Wings defenseman Mike Green made an outstanding defensive play by diving and knocking the puck away from Lightning forward J.T. Brown at the center red line to prevent a breakaway with a little less than three minutes remaining in the second.

Detroit forward Johan Franzen was a late scratch. He missed the second half of the 2014-15 season after sustaining a concussion. Franzen, 35, played in the first two games this season.

"When he went home today, he just didn't feel good. One of those things," Blashill said. "I don't have any information on [whether it's concussion-related]."

Franzen was replaced in the lineup by forward Landon Ferraro.

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