DETROIT – When the odds are against the Tampa Bay Lightning, the results seem to end up in their favor. In the second part of back-to-backs, and after a delayed late-night flight, the Bolts managed to walk away with a 3-0 victory against the Detroit Red Wings.
It was their third-straight win against Detroit, who also played in their second tilt in as many nights, as Tampa Bay improved to 4-0-1 in the second game of back-to-backs on the year.
“It was one of those games where we walked into the room and said, ‘whoever gets the first goal in this game is going to have a real good chance of winning the game,’ and fortunately it was us,” head coach Jon Cooper said.
The Lightning earned their first win on the road since November 12 versus the Montreal Canadiens.
“We were on a little skid on the road and if you want to put yourself in a position to make the playoffs you have to win on the road,” Cooper said. “We are a little below .500 on the road, but that was a big step and hopefully we can re-gain our legs and have a good one against New York on the island.”
Despite 20 minutes of scoreless hockey Detroit found the back of the net twice in the first period, but a whistle had been blown just seconds before the puck crossed the goal line. The Lightning’s best opportunity also came when Teddy Purcell hit the cross bar of Petr Mrazek’s net with 12:49 left in the first.
Finally 43 minutes into the contest, Tyler Johnson opened up scoring at 3:13 of the third period. Ondrej Palat looked to feed a pass to Martin St. Louis, but the puck landed on Tyler Johnson’s stick instead for a 1-0 score.
Nearly six minutes later the Bolts increased their lead to 2-0. Nate Thompson sent a pass to J.T. Brown, who was setup in front of Mrazek’s crease, to beat the Red Wings’ netminder to the back of the net for a two-goal lead at 9:16.
A delayed penalty was called on the Red Wings, but the Bolts’ Alex Killorn, who was being hooked, was rewarded with a empty net insurance goal for a 3-0 final to snap the bolts seven-game road losing streak.
UP NEXT – Tampa Bay looks to improve to 2-1-0 during their three-game road trip on Tuesday when they visit the New York Islanders for a 7 p.m. puck drop. The Lightning then return to the Tampa Bay Times Forum for practice Wednesday, before a Thursday game against the Nashville Predators at 7:30 p.m.
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