Playing in his 500th career NHL game tonight, Miller is one point shy from 100 with the Red Wings since joining the team as a waiver pick up in 2009. Miller, who also played with Anaheim and Tampa Bay, has 56 goals and 114 points in 499 games.
Zetterberg is on the doorstep of becoming the eighth player in franchise history to reach the 300-career plateau. With his next goal, Zetterberg will gain entry into a very elite group of company, joining nine other active NHL stars who has produced 300 goals, 500 assists and 800 points in his career.
The others are Jaromir Jagr, Jerome Iginla, Marian Hossa, Patrick Marleau, Vincent Lecavalier, Shane Doan, Joe Thornton, Daniel Sedin and Sidney Crosby.
The first period produce limited scoring opportunities for either of the Atlantic Division rivals.
Each team had power-play time; the Red Wings had two chances, mustering four shots on the man advantage.
Detroit’s first power play kept the pressure on the in the offensive zone for nearly the entire two minutes when the Lightning picked up a bench minor for too many men at 8:26. Zetterberg, Tomas Tatar and Jakub Kindl each had shots stopped by Tampa Bay goalie Ben Bishop during the power play.
Kindl may have had the best chance. Late in the power play, Teemu Pulkkinen made a pretty pass from below the goal line out to the Red Wings’ defenseman, who snapped a low shot, which made it through traffic. Chances are Bishop never saw the puck strike his left pad.
The Red Wings’ penalty kill got a boost from Luke Glendening after Justin Abdelkader went to the penalty box for tripping Steven Stamkos.
Playing without the use of his hockey stick, which he snapped earlier in the shift, Glendening blocked back-to-back shots by Lightning defenseman Jason Garrison as Abdelkader’s minor penalty expired late in the period.
DETROIT 0, TAMPA BAY 0
PENALTIES: 1. TBL, McGinn (too many men), 8:26; 2. DET, Abdelkader (tripping), 10:55; 3. TBL, Filppula (interference), 13:54.
SHOTS: Detroit 9. Tampa Bay 8.
In the first month of the season, plenty has been made of the Red Wings’ poor zone breakouts and the lack of involvement by their defensemen in the offense.
Well, the Wings first goal of the night was an example of how things should be when those two elements of their team work in unison.
Kindl got the play started from behind the Wings’ net. The defenseman, who spotted an opening in the neutral zone, fired a stretch pass to Tatar, who quickly deflected the puck to Riley Sheahan as he split the defense and cut across the blue line. From there, Sheahan coasted in the zone unopposed before rocketing a shot off of Bishop’s left catching glove.
The period didn’t start out promising for the Red Wings when Alex Killorn and Nikita Kucherov rushed into the Wings’ zone on a 2 on 1 at 36 seconds. Fortunately for the Wings, Kucherov’s shot sailed over the net.
Midway through the period, Tampa Bay Steven Stamkos went after Larkin, first chasing the rookie through the neutral zone before throwing a left elbow at his head. Larkin took exception, grabbing the 25-year-old around the head.
Both players earned two-minute roughing minors at 6:51.
The Lightning’s Tyler Johnson line raised some havoc with under eight minutes to play. Johnson had a few scoring chances, but Jimmy Howard made two big saves, and Landon Ferraro also blocked a shot during the barrage.
The Lightning got a late break when with Brendan Smith in the box for tripping, Joakim Andersson picked up a delay of game penalty when his clearing attempt went over the glass. At first glance, it looked like Stamkos, who was lifting Andersson’s stick at the time, helped propel the puck into the stands. But after the four on-ice officials met at center ice the original call was overturned, giving the Lightning a 5-on-3 advantage for 73 seconds.
From there, Nikita Kucherov knocked in a rebound that evened the score at 1-1 at 15:58 of the period.
DETROIT 1, TAMPA BAY 1
SCORING: 1. DET, Sheahan (Tatar, Kindl), 2:02; 2. TBL, Kucherov PPG (Johnson, Stamkos), 15:58.
PENALTIES: 1. DET, Larkin (roughing), 6:51; 2. TBL, Stamkos (roughing), 6:51; 3. DET, Smith (tripping), 14:50; 4. DET, Andersson (delay of game), 15:37; 5. TBL, Namestnikov (holding),17:20.
SHOTS: Detroit 10 (19), Tampa Bay 9 (17).
Skate! Skate! Skate!
It’s words that Larkin lives by. The rookie has them written on his stick as a reminder to hustle during every shift.
That message came through when he scored his fourth goal of the season to put the Red Wings up 2-1 at 5:54 of the third period.
Larkin’s goal was made possible by another great zone breakout. The play started after Howard, who recovered from a bouncing puck that he had trouble with, made a stop on Ondrej Palat’s rebound. From there, Danny DeKeyser made a pass up to Abdelkader who slipped a pass to Larkin as the two crossed the blue line. Larkin managed to fight off a defender and fired a rising shot from the left face-off circle that got under Bishop’s right arm.
For DeKeyser, the assist was his third point in two games, and as for Abdelkader, it was his first since the second game of the season.
DETROIT 2, TAMPA BAY 1
SCORING: 1. DET, Larkin (Abdelkader, DeKeyser), 5:54.
PENALTIES: 1. DET, Ferraro (interference), 7:11.
SHOTS: Detroit 10 (29), Tampa Bay 13 (30).