Throughout the Lightning’s existence, Tampa Bay didn’t stand much of a fighter’s chance at Joe Louis Arena. But with first place in the Atlantic Division on the line, the Lightning matched blow-by-blow with the Red Wings on Saturday. Teddy Purcell scored the overtime game winner with 1:09 left for a 3-2 victory, the first for Tampa Bay in Detroit in 19 years. Steven Stamkos and Ryan Malone scored for Tampa Bay while Ben Bishop made 25 saves. Jimmy Howard stopped 30 shots for the Red Wings while Henrik Zetterberg scored twice for Detroit. The Lightning entered the game with a 1-13-1 all time record in Detroit, which included an 11-game winless stretch (0-10-1) at Joe Louis Arena. Tampa Bay’s last win in Detroit came on Jan. 22, 1994. Tampa Bay did not get off to a good start, getting hemmed in on the opening shift and turning the puck over in the defenisive zone too often, allowing the Red Wings to set up shot in the Tampa Bay zone. That early play caught up with the Lightning when Stamkos tried to clear the zone with a pass up the middle through the slot that instead found the blade of Zetterberg, who promptly wired a wrist shot past Bishop 3:51 into the game. But instead of being rattled by the early jitters, the Lightning recovered and started to assert themselves better with the puck, getting into the Detroit zone and establishing a presence around the Red Wings net. That’s how Tampa Bay tied the game when Malone took a pass down low from Matt Carle and came around the back of the net for a wraparound chance. After Howard made the initial save, Malone quickly picked the puck up and lifted a shot into the net for his second goal of the season and first since Oct. 15 at 10:11 of the first period. Though the game was tied heading into the first intermission, Tampa Bay had built up momentum with a 13-7 shot advantage. That momentum quickly evaporated early in the second period as the Lightning started a string of four consecutive penalites starting with a hooking call on Andrej Sustr at 5:09. That was followed by a too many men on the ice call 13 seconds after the Sustr call which was then added to when Nate Thompson took a double-minor for high sticking to give Detroit 36 seconds of a 5-on-3 opportunity at 8:46.
Bolts get rare 3-2 win on Detroit ice
Tampa Tribune | Nov 10