Lightning Knock Off Red Wings 3-2

The Tampa Bay Lightning (5-1) knocked off the Red Wings (4-2) 3-2 on Monday night in Detroit.

The Lightning began hot in this one, striking early in the first period when Tyler Johnson scored a shorthanded goal at the 9:15 point in the first period.   Nikita Kucherov scored in the sixth straight game to start the season to give Tampa Bay a 2-0 lead.

In the second period Detroit struck with a penalty shot on a bizarre call against Victor Hedman for hooking against Justin Abdelkader.  Abdelkader's penalty shot was good and the Red Wings cut the lead to 2-1.  Detroit managed to tie the game when Mike Green scored at 16:02 to go in the second period and it was game on going into the third.

NIkita Kucherov was the hero, though, scoring his seventh goal in six games at 1:47 to lift the Lightning to a 3-2 lead that would hold.  Andrei Vasilevskiy converted 29 saves on 31 shots to help lead the Lightning to the win, while Jimmy Howard went 23-for-26 in net for Detroit.

Tampa Bay returns to action on Tuesday when they head to New Jersey to take on the Devils.  Faceoff is set for 7:30 and you can hear it all beginning at 7 on News Radio 970 WFLA.


SCORING SUMMARY

1ST PERIOD

1. TBL - SHG - Johnson - (Unassisted) - 9:15

2. TBL - PPG - Kucherov - (Hedman, Stamkos) - 10:56

2ND PERIOD

1. DET - Abdelkader - (Unassisted) - 2:30

2. DET - Green - (Abdelkader, Tatar) - 16:02

3. TBL - Kunitz - (Stralman, Paquette) - 18:09

3RD PERIOD

1. TBL - Kucherov - (Stamkos, Namestnikov) - 1:47

 

PENALTY SUMMARY

1ST PERIOD

1. TBL - Killorn - (Interference) - 1:53

2. TBL - Kunitz - (Cross Checking) - 8:32

3. DET - Frk - (Holding) - 10:16

4. DET - Nielsen - (Hooking) - 16:22

5. TBL - Namestnikov - (Boarding) - 20:00

2ND PERIOD

1. DET - Abdelkader - (Slashing) - 0:21

2. TBL - Hedman - (Hooking) - 2:30

3. DET - Kronwall - (Hooking) - 7:05

4. TBL - Koekkoek - (Slashing) - 11:35

5. TBL - Kucherov - (Holding) - 16:27

3RD PERIOD

1. DET - Mantha - (Cross Checking) - 9:41

2. TBL - Killorn - (Closing Hand on Puck) - 14:29


SHOTS ON GOAL

Tampa Bay - 26

Detroit - 31

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