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In-Game Recap: Red Wings vs. Lightning (Game 4)

by Dana Wakiji / Detroit Red Wings

DETROIT – After missing Game 3, Kyle Quincey returned to the lineup Tuesday.

Quincey replaced Alexey Marchenko, who was hit in the second period by Tampa Bay's Vladislav Namestnikov and needed 12 stitches in his forehead.

Marchenko did return to the game in the third period and Wings coach Jeff Blashill said Monday that he believed everyone was available for Game 4.

Despite participating in Tuesday's morning skate, Marchenko did not feel well and was a scratch after he did not skate in pre-game warmups.

Lightning coach Jon Cooper said before the game that one of his players was a question mark but none who appeared in Game 3 was a scratch.

Petr Mrazek got his second straight start for the Wings.

Ben Bishop also started after not practicing Monday or Tuesday morning.

"The one thing about the playoffs it’s not only the physical rest but the mental rest as well," Cooper said. "So we feel if he needs a little bit of a break we give it to him. He’s done this before where he hasn’t taken the ice and he’s come back and he’s been outstanding."

Before the Wings could get a shot on goal, the Lightning had a power play as Justin Abdelkader went off for holding Nikita Nesterov.

Just nine seconds into the man-advantage, Nikita Kucherov's shot from the right circle beat Mrazek. Tyler Johnson and Jonathan Drouin assisted.

Kucherov now has four goals and two assists while Johnson has two goals and five assists in the series.

The Wings did not record a shot until 11:56 of the period when Joakim Andersson got one through to Bishop.

Andreas Athanasiou, trying to create something with his speed, broke free for a 2-on-1 with Brendan Smith at 11:45, passing to Smith on the left but Bishop made the stop.

The Lightning had another power play as Niklas Kronwall was called for hooking at 14:20.

The Wings allowed two shots but managed to kill it off.

The Wings got a power play at 16:28 as Cedric Paquette was called for slashing Athanasiou.

Dylan Larkin had the only shot on goal with the man-advantage.


SCORING: 1. TBL, PPG, Nikita Kucherov (4), Tyler Johnson, Jonathan Drouin, 5:41.

1. DET, minor, Justin Abdelkader, holding, 5:32. 2. DET, minor, Niklas Kronwall, hooking, 14:20. 3. TBL, minor, Cedric Paquette, slashing, 16:28. 4. TBL, minor, Tyler Johnson, delay of game, 19:14.

SHOTS: Detroit 10, Tampa Bay 14.

The Wings started the period with 1:15 left on their power play but only managed one shot on it.

Danny DeKeyser made a nice block on Johnson's shot from the left circle on a 2-on-1 at 1:54.

The Wings struggled in the face-off circle in the first, winning just 37 percent.

Those problems continued in the second as the Lightning were able to have extensive offensive zone time.

Riley Sheahan was called for slashing at 9:07 and the Lightning capitalized once again.

At 10:31, Drouin passed to Kucherov in the slot and Kucherov collected his second of the game.

Jason Garrison got the second assist.

That gives Kucherov five goals and two assists in four games this series.

Less than a minute later, Alex Killorn had a breakaway that Mrazek was able to save.

The Wings weren't able to score on yet another Paquette penalty but did soon after.

Darren Helm scored on a rebound in front on the right side of the net, a rebound of Luke Glendening's shot. Brendan Smith got the second assist.

With Gustav Nyquist in the box for goaltender interference, Mrazek had to make a glove save on Victor Hedman while Abdelkader was without a stick at 18:34.

Nyquist came out of the box with speed and went to the net. Sheahan found him and Nyquist beat Bishop with 8.4 seconds left.


SCORING: 1. TBL, PPG, Nikita Kucherov (5, 2nd of game), Jonathan Drouin, Jason Garrison, 10:31. 2. DET, Darren Helm (1), Luke Glendening, Brendan Smith, 14:53.

1. TBL, minor, Cedric Paquette, roughing, 5:10. 2. DET, minor, Joakim Andersson, roughing, 5:10. 3. DET, minor, Riley Sheahan, slashing, 9:07. 4. TBL, minor, Cedric Paquette, tripping, 12:42. 5. DET, minor, Gustav Nyquist, goaltender interference, 17:30.

SHOTS: Detroit 8 (18), Tampa Bay 11 (25).

After tying the game late in the second, the Wings seemed to have a lot more energy as they came out for the third period.

Tatar got behind the Lightning defense at 2:05 but shot the puck wide.

The Wings had a golden chance at 6:32 when Larkin found Henrik Zetterberg at the left side of the net but former Wing Valtteri Filppula got enough stick on it to prevent Zetterberg from making a good shot.

At 11:44, Garrison went off for hooking Datsyuk.

Wings fans thought they had gotten the lead when Larkin went to the net but his shot went off the right post and never went in the net at 12:40.

The Wings, who had already allowed two power-play goals, gave up another at the worst time.

With 2:59 remaining, Ondrej Palat was on the left doorstep and received a nice pass from Drouin in the left circle and he didn't miss. Kucherov had the second
The Wings called timeout with 1:35 to play and pulled Mrazek but the Wings could not score.


SCORING: 1. TBL, PPG, Ondrej Palat (1), Jonathan Drouin, Nikita Kucherov, 17:01.

PENALTIES: 1. TBL, minor, Jason Garrison, hooking, 11:44. 2. DET, minor, Jonathan Ericsson, cross-checking, 15:18.

SHOTS: Detroit 10 (28), Tampa Bay 8 (33).

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