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Trending: Zetterberg gets 900th career point in loss

Lightning sweep regular-season series with Wings for the first time

by Dana Wakiji @Dwakiji / DetroitRedWings.com

TAMPA - Tampa Bay's Amalie Arena has been a house of horrors for the Red Wings and not just this season.

The Lightning swept the Wings in a regular-season series for the first time, winning 5-3 Thursday night, despite missing Nikita Kucherov (illness), Steven Stamkos (knee), Tyler Johnson (lower body), Cedric Paquette (lower body) and Jason Garrison (lower body).

The Wings have lost nine straight games at Amalie Arena and six straight overall to the Lightning.

In addition to losing games, the Wings have lost players here.

Goaltender Jimmy Howard suffered a knee injury Dec. 20 that forced him to miss 32 games.

On Thursday, Anthony Mantha fractured his finger in a fight with Lightning defenseman Luke Witkowski and he is expected to miss the final five games of the season.

1. Henrik Zetterberg : Zetterberg got the second assist on DeKeyser's goal, which was the 900th point of Zetterberg's career and comes in his 995th game. Zetterberg has seven goals and 26 assists in his last 30 games. Zetterberg has 48 assists this season and 64 points overall, 22 more than any other Wing.

Quotable: "Obviously I've got to give credit to all the players I've been playing with. I've been playing a lot of games and playing a lot of games with good players. I've got to say thanks to them because without them I wouldn't reach that." - Zetterberg

Quotable II: "He's been a great leader, a great player in this league for a long, long time. He does it each and every day, goes out and works hard, leads by example. It's been fun to watch." - Justin Abdelkader

2. Frans Nielsen : Nielsen scored the first goal of the game, giving the Wings a 1-0 lead at 4:22 of the first period to beat Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy. Nielsen also assisted on Mike Green's goal, a power-play tally at 8:18 of the third that drew the Wings within two. Nielsen also won 9-of-16 face-offs.

Quotable: "Overall a tough loss I think. We had two bad breaks on the PK on both power play goals they got. We've giving up a few too many Grade A's against. I think we came out and started the right way, the way we wanted to play. Tough loss." - Nielsen

3. Danny DeKeyser : It was a good and bad night for DeKeyser. At 12:46 of the second, DeKeyser fired a shot from the high slot that went off of Tampa Bay defenseman Jake Dotchin's shin pad and into the net. Shortly thereafter, with Dylan Larkin in the penalty box for roughing and the Lightning on a power play, Alex Killorn shot the puck from the left circle. Petr Mrazek made the save but the puck remained in the crease. DeKeyser partially fanned on clearing it and the puck ended up in the net.

Quotable: "Not good enough. I didn't think we had enough guys ready to go from the drop of the puck. We certainly had some that were competitive but too many guys that didn't have their 'A' or 'B' games. You're not maybe going to have your 'A' game every night but then you got to have your 'B' game. Obviously we gave up two power-play goals there quick. That probably proved to be the difference in momentum in the game but we got to be better than that." - Wings coach Jeff Blashill

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