The Tampa Bay Lightning (21-7-1) rallied in the third period to get a 6-5 shootout win over the Detroit Red Wings (12-12-4) on Tuesday night in Detroit.
The Red Wings struck first in this game, and in a big way. Twenty-one seconds after Gustav Nyquist scored to make it 1-0, Frans Nielsen scored to make it 2-0 and that would be the score after one. In the second period, Mathiu Joseph took over, scoring two goals to tie the game 2-2. After Frans Nielsen scored to give the Red Wings a 3-2 lead at the 13:33 mark, Stevan Stamkos came through with a goal to make it 3-3 at the 14:27 mark in the third period. Two minutes later, Frans Nielsen came through with his third goal to get the hat trick and left Detroit to a 4-3 lead.
The third period began with Gustav Nyquist building a 5-3 lead with the goal at the 4:06 mark in the third period. From there, the Lightning began to rally. First JT Miller scored at the 9:05 mark for his sixth goal to pull within a goal. Then, it was Cedric Paquette coming through with a shorthanded goal at the 14:58 mark to tie the game 5-5.
After an overtime that saw both teams go back and forth, this game would head for the shootout. After Victor Hedman scored in the first round, both teams went scoreless in the second round. Gustav Nyquist scored in the third round to extend the contest - only for Nikita Kucherov to score the game winner and lift the Bolts to a 6-5 win over the Red Wings.
The Lightning now return home after winning three games on this road trip and battle the Bruins on Thursday. Faceoff from Amalie Arena is set for 7:30 - pregame coverage begins at 6:30 on News Radio 970 WFLA.