A 6-2 Bolt to First

By on March 23, 2016

 

Tonight’s match-up was the last of four games this season against the Detroit Red Wings for the Tampa Bay Lightning.  You could feel the excitement in the air as these two Eastern Conference Atlantic Division rivals square off one last time in the regular season. The Red Wings came in hanging on to a wild card spot and the Lightning on the verge of first place.

The Lightning started the scoring quickly at just 1:47 in the first period,  #22 Erik Condra lights the lamp for the Lightning, with assists to #18 Andre Palat and #11 Brian Boyle. It was Condra’s 4th goal of the season and the Bolts were off to a great start!

At less than eight minutes into the first period the Lightning already had 10 shots on goal, seven more than their rivals in red.

At 7:17 in the first period Kyle Quincey of Detroit and Cedric Paquette of Tampa each receive matching penalties for roughing. It was two minutes of 4 on 4 hockey.Just as the four minutes were up, Tampa swarmed the net of Jimmy Howard and literally handcuffed him to notch their second goal of the night. It was heads up play by #23 J T Brown, and the goal went to #90 Vladislav Namestnikov. 

Vladislav Namestnikov (90) scores a goal on Detroit Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard (35) during the first period at Amalie Arena.(photo Kim Klement / USA TODAY Sports)

Vladislav Namestnikov (90) scores a goal on Detroit Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard (35) during the first period at Amalie Arena.(photo Kim Klement / USA TODAY Sports)

 

With just twelve shots on goal, Jimmy Howard had already let in two. Things were getting ugly, a lot of pushing and shoving. At 15:34 there was a huge scrum in front of Detroit net-minder Jimmy Howard, and Red Wings’ Luke Glendening gets a penalty for roughing, to put the Bolts on the power play. Unable to capitalize on the power play, but very impressive on the fore-check plus winning the battles to the puck. At the end of the first period, Tampa certainly made the Red Wings a very frustrated team. The score was 2-0 Lightning.

The second period started, and was barely underway when the Captain #91 Steven Stamkos puts away the third goal of the game! Exit Jimmy Howard, enter Peter Mrazek. Wow, a three goal lead just seconds into the second period. If that weren’t enough, I looked up to see #2 Brendan Smith and #23 JT Brown squaring off for a fight. They each received a five minute penalty. All of that and Detroit still only had seven shots on goal. It was looking like a blow out by Tampa at this point in the game.

Looking out over the crowd, 50% Red Wing fans, the Oil Can was pretty quiet! At 6:34 in the second, Alex Killorn the Harvard alum,  received a two minute minor for roughing to put the Wings on their first power play of the night! And with that half of the crowd comes alive to see the Wings score their first goal! It was #8 Justin Abdelkader, his 18th goal of the season. The assist to #40 Henrik Zetterberg and #55 Niklas Kronwall. With play resumed, the ice seemed a bit tilted toward netminder #30 Ben Bishop, as he had to stay focused to stave off the Wings. Perhaps the goalie change up gave the Wings a little spark.

With five minutes left in the second period, #9 Tyler Johnson steals the puck center ice, and busts through two Red Wing defensemen to get an excellent scoring opportunity, only to be stoned by Peter Mrazek. And just a minute later at 15:25 #43 Darren Helm capitalizes on a scoring chance, and scores. He rifled one past #30 Ben Bishop. The assist to #13 Pavel Datsuyk and #39 Anthony Mantha. The score was now 3-2.

With that said, at less than a minute later #25 Mike Green gets a minor tripping penalty and just seconds later #8 Justin Abdelkader gets a minor penalty for crosschecking. The Bolts had a two man advantage for almost 2 full minutes. The Bolts made it look easy and scored a goal! #86 Nikita Kucherov gets his 28th goal of the season. The assist from #9 Tyler Johnson and #91 Steven Stamkos. If it weren’t for bad luck, Detroit would have had no luck at all. With just 7 seconds left on Tampa’s power play, #55 Niklas Kronwall commits a 2 minute minor penalty for slashing.

The Red Wings need to stay out of the bad boy box, it wasn’t helping their plight to stay in the running for some post season play! The third period opened up with #55 Niklas Kronwall in the penalty box and the Lightning on the power play. Just as the power play ended and it was back to even strength, #18 Andre Palat scores the fifth goal of the game for Tampa! It was Palat’s 14th goal of the season. The assists to #9 Tyler Johnson and #77 Victor Hedman. The Bolts had a three goal lead.

I’m not sure what was going on with the Red Wings, but this third period kind of had them looking like a bad scene in a comedy movie. Or reminded me of that old song from Hee Haw. Gloom, despair, agony on me. Deep dark depression, excessive misery, if it weren’t for bad luck I’d have no luck at all!!  Wow, I’m dating myself.

The shot count almost halfway through the third period was Lightning 29, Red Wings 18, pretty lopsided! Well as this game was winding down, and I watched I wondered just what it was that caused the Red Wings to be so outplayed by the Lightning. Bad penalties, missed passes, and the inability to get shots on goal. It was looking like the Lightning would be in first place in the Atlantic division, and the Red Wings would be on the outside looking in for a playoff spot!

As the game continued, all kinds of shenanigans were going on, and then out of nowhere Erik Condra scores another goal! Is he trying for a hattie? His second goal of the game, with the assist from #11 Brian Boyle. The Lightning were ahead 6-2. Possibly for the first time in 24 years, the Red Wings might not make the playoffs.

The game ending buzzer sounded and the Lightning win 6-2. With five more home games to go in regular season, they take the lead in the Atlantic Division over the Florida Panthers.

Detroit Red Wings Time On Ice Faceoffs
Player G A +/- SOG MS BS PN PIM HT TK GV SHF TOT PP SH EV FW FL %
J. Abdelkader LW 1 0 -1 1 0 0 1 2 2 0 0 21 15:08 1:00 2:46 11:22 0 0 00.0
A. Athanasiou C 0 0 -1 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 18 13:35 0:00 0:39 12:56 1 0 100.0
P. Datsyuk C 0 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 2 1 1 19 15:04 0:34 0:00 14:30 12 5 70.6
D. DeKeyser D 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 3 0 0 29 21:02 0:00 2:47 18:15 0 0 00.0
J. Ericsson D 0 0 -4 1 2 1 0 0 2 0 0 28 18:00 0:00 3:19 14:41 0 0 00.0
L. Glendening C 0 0 -1 0 0 0 1 2 3 0 0 20 14:30 0:00 2:54 11:36 9 7 56.3
M. Green D 0 0 0 1 1 1 1 2 0 0 1 26 23:15 0:59 0:00 22:16 0 0 00.0
D. Helm C 1 0 -1 2 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 22 15:15 0:36 2:25 12:14 0 0 00.0
N. Kronwall D 0 1 -3 1 0 0 1 2 1 0 0 24 16:47 0:35 2:38 13:34 0 0 00.0
D. Larkin C 0 0 -1 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 17 14:48 0:24 0:00 14:24 0 0 00.0
A. Mantha RW 0 1 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 17 12:57 1:10 0:00 11:47 0 0 00.0
G. Nyquist C 0 0 -1 1 1 0 1 2 1 1 0 19 15:08 0:47 0:00 14:21 0 0 00.0
K. Quincey D 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 2 0 0 1 28 18:26 0:00 1:29 16:57 0 0 00.0
B. Richards C 0 0 -1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 14 12:23 0:47 0:00 11:36 0 1 00.0
R. Sheahan C 0 0 -2 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 20 14:55 0:00 3:22 11:33 4 5 44.4
B. Smith D 0 0 -1 5 0 0 1 5 5 1 0 25 20:28 0:00 1:10 19:18 0 0 00.0
T. Tatar LW 0 0 -1 3 1 0 0 0 1 0 2 17 12:54 0:34 0:00 12:20 0 0 00.0
H. Zetterberg LW 0 1 -2 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 17 14:24 0:24 0:00 14:00 6 6 50.0

Detroit Red Wings Scratches

Player Detail
T. Jurco Scratched
T. Pulkkinen Scratched
A. Marchenko Scratched

Tampa Bay Lightning

Time On Ice Faceoffs
Player G A +/- SOG MS BS PN PIM HT TK GV SHF TOT PP SH EV FW FL %
B. Boyle C 0 2 2 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 18 13:12 2:09 1:01 10:02 8 4 66.7
J. Brown RW 0 1 1 2 0 0 1 5 1 0 1 17 15:16 0:00 0:00 15:16 0 1 00.0
M. Carle D 0 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 15 11:41 0:00 0:00 11:41 0 0 00.0
B. Coburn D 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 1 2 15 14:18 0:00 1:34 12:44 0 0 00.0
E. Condra RW 2 0 2 5 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 14 10:47 0:00 0:00 10:47 0 0 00.0
J. Garrison D 0 0 1 1 0 4 0 0 0 0 1 18 16:27 0:00 0:00 16:27 0 0 00.0
V. Hedman D 0 2 3 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 22 21:09 2:46 0:46 17:37 0 0 00.0
T. Johnson C 0 2 1 3 1 3 0 0 0 0 0 19 17:24 2:45 0:00 14:39 7 8 46.7
A. Killorn C 0 0 1 4 1 0 1 2 3 0 0 24 18:49 3:31 0:00 15:18 1 2 33.3
N. Kucherov RW 1 1 0 4 3 0 0 0 0 2 0 24 19:33 4:00 0:00 15:33 0 0 00.0
J. Marchessault C 0 0 1 1 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 18 14:22 1:56 0:00 12:26 0 0 00.0
V. Namestnikov C 1 0 1 2 1 0 1 2 0 0 0 19 15:04 3:08 0:00 11:56 0 2 00.0
N. Nesterov D 0 0 -1 1 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 14 14:33 0:00 0:00 14:33 0 0 00.0
O. Palat LW 1 1 3 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 25 20:56 2:45 0:33 17:38 0 0 00.0
C. Paquette C 0 0 0 2 0 1 1 2 2 0 1 19 14:35 0:00 1:01 13:34 3 5 37.5
S. Stamkos C 1 1 0 2 1 1 0 0 3 0 1 22 20:45 4:09 0:33 16:03 5 10 33.3
A. Stralman D 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 22 19:45 3:21 0:48 15:36 0 0 00.0
A. Sustr D 0 0 2 0 1 1 0 0 1 0 1 16 15:50 0:00 0:00 15:50 0 0 00.0

Tampa Bay Lightning Scratches

Player Detail
M. Blunden Scratched
V. Filppula Upper Body
R. Callahan Lower Body Injury

Goaltending Summary

Detroit Red Wings Goaltending

Player SA GA Saves SV% TOI PIM
J. Howard 16 3 13 .813 20:33 0
P. Mrazek 18 3 15 .833 39:27 0

Tampa Bay Lightning Goaltending

Player SA GA Saves SV% TOI PIM
B. Bishop 25 2 23 .920 60:00 0
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