UFC a Night Early? Lightning 5 – Red Wings 2

By on April 16, 2016
Game two on a Friday night at the “Oil Can” would come alive as billed. After Wednesday night’s rockem sockem game, intensity was predicted tonight, and it was delivered.
Penalties were a huge part on Wednesday and so it would be the way tonight even into the 59th minute of the game.
A Detroit penalty to Gustav Nyquist for slashing and just seventeen seconds later Justin Abdelkader takes a tripping call and the Bolts of the Bay are in business with a 5 on 3 man advantage. Just thirty seconds later a Russian like laser missile headed for the top shelf past Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard and the “Oil Can” exploded with joy. It was Nikita Kucherov’s third goal of the series. Victor Hedman and Tyler Johnson notch the helpers. The Lightning take the all important early lead.

The first period ended with score 1-0 Lightning with the two penalties being the difference a 5 on 3 goal.
Detroit ties the game with a five-hole shot by Dylan Larkin that beat Ben Bishop early in the second period, as the Wings pushed back. 
The Lightning gain the lead back when Jonathan Drouin used his speed to break outside into the offense zone and gave a precise pass to Brian Boyle who did not spoil the chance to give his team the lead back. Score 2-1 Tampa.

At the 11:50 mark of the second the biggest skirmish of the game this far, (just an undercard trust me), which lead to a an eventual Detroit power play after a Pavel Datsyuk minor expired. Jonathan Drouin took a roughing penalty and Victor Hedman unsportsmanlike – ed himself into two minutes. No harm from the fouls as the second ends with the blue clad home Tampa Bay Lightning leading 2-1. 
At 6:32 of the last period, Tyler Johnson bangs one past Jimmy Howard off a beautiful feed from behind the goal by Alex Killorn.
Tyler Johnson’s second goal of the game would put the proverbial… you know, nail/coffin, fat lady/song, bus/start… any way you wanted to spin it the motor city was groaning and the Lightning fans started the sarcastic Howw-ard, Howw-ard cheer.

With the game 4-2 Lightning, an empty netter by Alex Killorn only brought the Howw-ard cheer to crescendo.  Little did all in attendance and those watching around the world things were just beginning.

With the score 5-2 and the game not in doubt, all heck breaks loose with fifty-three seconds left.  In front of Ben Bishop players were not exchanging travel well wishes to each other instead they were pushing, shoving and fists a flying.  Just over one hour and a half (93 minutes) in penalty minutes.  

Lightning takes a 2-0 series lead up to Detroit, get ready.  Game 3 at 7pm ET Sunday Night.  Will we see carry over?  Can the Wings come back? Stay tuned, we’ll have a game 3 recap on Monday’s show.

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