Blake Coleman strikes in Lightning win

There was just one video game in the NHL on Sunday (there are 14 on Monday so this is a brief reprieve) as the Tampa Bay Lightning took a trip to Detroit to handle the Red Wings.

Last season the Lightning were the very best group in the NHL, winning the Stanley Cup, while Detroit was the worst group with a 17-49-5 record, helpful for 39 points, 23 points behind the second-worst group in the NHL, the Ottawa Senators.

This season the Red Wings have actually been a more competitive group with a 18-26-9 mark heading into action Sunday, 6 more points than last season in 18 less video games. Their objective differential has actually dropped like a stone in addition to they were a minus-122 in 2019-20 and simply minus-45 this season.

The Lightning remain in a fight for top place in the Central as they route Carolina by 4 points while they are 2 points in defaults of Florida, albeit with a number of video games in hand.

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The Lightning moved into a tie with the Panthers for 2nd location in the Central, with a video game in hand as they beat, however hardly outscored the Red Wings, winning 2-1.

The Lightning struck early as Filip Hronek spent the puck with a bad pass behind the internet which was obstructed by Barclay Goodrow who tossed a pass to Blake Coleman in the slot. Coleman’s shot quickly avoided Jonathan Bernier in the Detroit cage at the 16 2nd mark of the very first duration.

That was the only scoring in the very first duration as Tampa Bay outshot and controlled the Red Wings to the tune of 19-6.

The Red Wings quit an early objective in the 2nd duration in addition to Mikhail Sergachev’s point shot avoided Bernier to make it 2-0 simply 1:09 in. Blake Coleman got his 2nd point of the video game and Yanni Gourde likewise got a help.

Filip Zadina cut the lead in half at 13:37 when he and Vladislav Namestnikov refined a give-and-go with Zadina beating Christopher Gibson in the Tampa Bay internet with a one-time wrister from the faceoff circle.

The Lightning outshot Detroit 17-6 in the 2nd and had a 36-15 shots benefit after 2 durations.

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There was no scoring in the 3rd duration in spite of the Red Wings having a two-man benefit for 2:10 late in the 3rd.

Detroit outshot Tampa Bay 8-6 in the 3rd however were outshot 42-23 in the contest.

Gibson got the start in the Tampa Bay internet after Curtis McElhinney got the start on Saturday as the Lightning provided primary goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy the weekend off. This will bode well come playoff time. Gibson stopped 22 shots to get his very first win in over 3 seasons in the NHL as the last time he remained in the win column was on March 20, 2018 when he was with the New York City Islanders.

Bernier was spectacular, stopping 40 shots and keeping the Red Wings in the video game. He has actually been an underrated goaltender the last 2 seasons on a bad Detroit team as he is 9-11-1 this season with a 2.99 GAA and a .914 conserve portion while going 15-22-3 with a 2.95 GAA and a .907 conserve portion last season. As discussed previously, Detroit is now 35-76-14 in the last 2 seasons after their loss today. Bernier’s 24-33-4 mark compared to 11-43-10 when he has actually not remained in internet, offers credit to his play.

Coleman had 7 shots on objective to lead both groups.

Goodrow, Coleman and Yanni Gourde were all plus-two.

Michael Rasmussen, who was playing in his 100th NHL video game, Jakub Vrana and Valtteri Filppula were all minus-two for Detroit.

Tampa Bay was 0-2 on the power play with Detroit going 0-4. The Red Wings have actually not scored in their last 21 power play efforts.

With the win, the Lightning have actually climbed up into a tie with Florida for 2nd location, 2 points behind Carolina with the Hurricanes holding a video game in turn over Tampa Bay and 2 video games in hand on the Panthers. If Tampa Bay and Florida satisfy in the preliminary, it will be the very first time the 2 state competitors have actually satisfied in the Stanley Cup playoffs.

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.