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Elliott, Point and Sergachev lead the way past Red Wings

Photo by Wayne Masut | Scrum Sports Photographer

.How’d your night go Coop? “Well i yelled at Wes McCauley and got ejected, oh and we lost 5-1” That’s probably the PG version of Coach Jon Cooper’s  response following his teams 5-1 loss on March 3rd to the Pittsburgh Penguins. Well Cooper will be face to face with McCauley again tonight who is set to referee at Amalie Arena for the second night in a row. There are rumors of what was said, but we won’t get into those.

 

The bright side if there is one to a 5-1 loss is, when the Tampa Bay Lightning have lost they usually don’t loss in consecutive games. Something that serves them very well especially in the playoffs. Tonight the team will face the Detroit Red Wings who lost four out of seven during a short month of February. Brian Elliott will be in net for the Lightning and Alex Nedeljkovic for the Red Wings.

 

Nedeljkovic and Elliott lead the way

The first period got under way and it was a back and forth affair. Neither teams goalie was giving an inch in the first. While the Bolts had more shots on goal (10-8) neither team was able to get a goal past the opposing teams goalie. Each team had one opportunity with the man advantage, but once again neither was able to get a puck into the net. Ryan McDonagh probably had the best opportunity to scorein the period, but Nedeljkovic was able to slide his pads over just in the nick of time.

Point and Fabbri keep the game close

Once again in the second period the Lightning outshot the Red Wings. This time by a slighty larger margin (19-6) the top players this period weren’t the goalies. While on the power play due to a Vlad Namestnikov tripping call, Victor Hedman rifled a shot towards Nedeljkovic. Brayden Point who was sitting in his normal spot in the slo redirected it past the Wings netminder for a 1-0 Lightning lead.

Just over six minutes later while at even strength, Robby Fabbri would tie the game at one with only 11 shots on goal to that point. The goal was due to Elliott mishandling the rebound and Fabbri being aggresive without a whistle being blown tied the game 1-1 with just about seven minutes to go in the second. As time would tick down the score would remain tied through two periods at 1-1.

All hail Mikhail

Through nearly 10 miuntes for the period, it looked as though the third would be very similar to the first and second. At 10:21 and with only five seconds left on the power play Mikhail Sergachev gave the Lightning back the lead. The Bolts won the face-off in Detroits zone, Hedman got it over to Sergachev on the opposite point. Sergachev skated it in a couple steps sent the puck off the post and into the net.

Tampa would take a 2-1 lead with just over nine minutes to play.  At this point the Lightning had out-shot the Red Wings 34-18. With two seconds remaing on the clock Steven Stamkos would get in on the action. Stamkos would find an empty net and put the Bolts up 3-1.

Three Stars of the Game

1st – Mikhail Sergachev: Game winning goal

2nd – Vistor Hedman: Assisted on all three goals

3rd – Brian Elliott: only allowed 1 goal

Next Up

Sunday night March 6th the Lightning travel to the Windy City of Chicago for a 7pm face-off with the Blackhawks.

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