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Trending: Bernier stellar but Wings fall to Lightning, 2-1

Fabbri scores his 10th goal of the season, ninth with Detroit

by Dana Wakiji @Dwakiji /

TAMPA -- The Tampa Bay Lightning's hex over the Red Wings continues.

Back when the Lightning first came into the league, they had no chance of winning against the veteran Wings teams they faced.

But the tables have been turned the last several years.

Despite getting exemplary goaltending from Jonathan Bernier, Detroit lost to Tampa Bay, 2-1, Sunday night at Amalie Arena.

The Wings (9-28-3) have now lost 16 in a row to the Lightning (20-13-4), which is tied for the third-longest such streak in league history.

The losing streak in Tampa is also dreary as that now stands at 14 in a row, with Detroit's last win in Tampa coming on Feb. 17, 2011.

Robby Fabbri lit the lamp for the Wings, who have dropped six straight games.

Ondrej Palat and Brayden Point (power play) scored for the Lightning.

Bernier (7-11-2) made 37 saves and certainly deserved a better fate.

Tampa Bay netminder Curtis McElhinney (4-4-2) had 19 stops.

Up next for the Red Wings is their traditional New Year's Eve home game, Tuesday night against the San Jose Sharks.

The Lightning travel to play the Sabres in Buffalo on New Year's Eve.

1. Jonathan Bernier: For Bernier, it was his first appearance since leaving the Dec. 21 game in the first period in Toronto with a sore groin. Thanks to the four-day break, Bernier was able to get some rest and rehab and was able to start the second game of the back-to-back set. As has been the case all season for Detroit's goalies, Bernier was tested early and often. Midway through the first, with the Lightning on the power play, Bernier stopped Point from the mid-slot, and then again at the left side of the net. In all, Bernier stopped all 13 shots in the first. It wasn't until Palat deflected Kevin Shattenkirk's shot from the high slot at 4:10 of the second that the Lightning got one past Bernier. Bernier also stood tall again during another penalty kill midway through the second, stoning Steven Stamkos twice from the sniper's left circle spot. At 5:33 of the third, the Lightning's league-best power play finally scored as Point scored from the left side, assisted by Victor Hedman.

Tweet from @DetroitRedWings: Bernier earns a star tonight. ������

Quotable: "I felt pretty good right off the bat. I know you have to be extra patient with those guys. They like the seam pass. You just gotta try to hold your feet as much as possible. It was a tough game physically. They're a team that likes to hold on to the puck. It seems like every play they make, it needs to be a highlight. They just cycle the puck and try to find a good scoring chance. It is hard. It's hard for our D, it's hard for everyone when you're hemmed in your zone. We just got to find a way maybe to spend a little bit more time in their zone." - Bernier

Quotable II: "He was great, especially early on on those power plays, he came up big, some huge saves, kept us in it. We just took a few too many against them." - Frans Nielsen

Quotable III: "I thought Bernier was excellent, he was our best player, gave us a chance to be in position to get either a point or two points. He was the best player on the team." - Wings coach Jeff Blashill

2. Robby Fabbri: Fabbri is not the biggest nor the fastest player on the Red Wings but he does not shy away from the hard areas of the ice. Fabbri positioned himself at the right front of the net and was able to tip Filip Hronek's shot - which was heading wide of the net - past McElhinney. Andreas Athanasiou picked up the second assist. However, part of the credit for the goal should go to Filip Zadina, who made a couple of nice plays to keep the puck in the offensive zone during the shift. The goal was Fabbri's 10th of the season and ninth with the Wings. It was Fabbri's first goal since Dec. 12 against the Winnipeg Jets. In five career games against the Lightning, Fabbri has two goals and two assists. He is now third on the team in goals behind Tyler Bertuzzi (14) and the injured Anthony Mantha (12). Fabbri had 20 shifts for 15:39, had three shots and was plus-1.

Tweet from @DetroitRedWings: Nice little tip from Robby. 🙌@DTE_Energy | #LGRW

Quotable: "He's been really good for us. Obviously he sees the ice well. He seems to be in good position all the time. That was a big goal by him." - Bernier

Quotable II: "Fabbs has been good. He's a pretty good competitor. He's a pretty talented player. He's pretty smart. He knows how to get in those areas and obviously he's had some good production since he's been playing for us." - Blashill

3. Special teams battle: The Red Wings knew coming in that they would need to stay out of the penalty box as much as possible. After all, coming into the game, the Lightning were ranked first in the league on the power play at 29.7 percent and were even more deadly at home, with a 38-percent success rate. Of their 35 man-advantage goals coming in, 27 had been scored at Amalie Arena. But the Wings gave the Lightning one too many chances, which led to Point's game-winner in the third period. As for the Wings' power play, they only had two chances and on their first one in the first period, Tampa's Alex Killorn had better chances on it while shorthanded. The Wings finished 0-for-2 while the Lightning were 1-for-4.

Tweet from @DetroitRedWings: Frans Nielsen, Jonathan Bernier and Jeff Blashill speak with the media following tonight's game in Tampa.@CocaCola | #DETvsTBL

Quotable: "That's an elite power play. We kind of knew we couldn't take too many against them. I think the first one, they had a lot of chances and then we figured it out a little better. It was a good shot by Point. Bernie was unbelievable the first couple of power plays they had. For the most part, I think we did an OK job but it was just a great shot for the last one, not that we did anything wrong it. It was just a good shot. - Nielsen

Quotable II: "I kind of have to honor - they've been hitting the middle on their power play the whole game, so I kind of have to face him but I gotta make sure that I'm ready for the back door, the slot shot. I tried to lean and try to cover as much as possible. He made a good shot." - Bernier

Quotable III: "You want to stay out of the box as much as you can. You have two in the third you don't want to have to kill because eventually that power play's going to find a way to score. They're super dangerous. It's an excellent power play. Our penalty kill was a little bit like our five-on-five game, we couldn't get out of our end enough and then eventually, it's going to end up in your net. So we got to make sure we stay out of the box as much as we can. I thought our guys came out and we played hard, we battled, but we didn't have enough. The ice got tilted the wrong way. I thought we lost momentum and we just never got it back. We just couldn't get much going offensively at all. Again, I thought the guys worked, I thought they sacrificed competitively. But we just couldn't get much going offensively." - Blashill

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