Wings stifle Tampa in 2-0 win, trail 2-1

It seems as though we’re going to see more rough stuff in Game 3.


Lundqvist at Rangers practice • New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist practiced Friday, but his status for Saturday’s playoff game against the Pittsburgh Penguins remains uncertain. Thomas Greiss stopped 28 shots for the Islanders.

“It was pretty intense out there, a tighter game”, Tavares said. And that year they lost the first two at home before advancing in six games.

“We’ve just got to play to our strengths”. At 8pm EST, the Stars host the Wild, leading the series 1-0 after a one-sided first game.

What a difference a day made. “And then of course I get stuck with the big guy”. “We were able to come back and win it. There are lots of ebbs and flows in all every series Ive been a part of where it looked dire. Both teams went gung-ho in shooting, shot blocking, checking and fouls. He’s a veteran. He’s been in these types of situations. Weve got to make sure our defensive positioning is a little better than it was. Mrazek came on in relief of Howard in the Bolts runaway 6-2 home victory over the Wings on March 22 after Howard gave up three goals on 16 shots.

“We don’t even think about it”, he said. “Their goalie made some big saves when he had to”.

In last years playoff meeting with the Detroit Red Wings, Tampa Bays ‘triplets were a definite handful.

Rookie Dylan Larkin scored a first-period goal for Detroit, which outshot the Lightning (32-31) for the second straight game.

Chicago’s Artemi Panarin added an empty-net goal with 1:26 to play.

Vladimir Tarasenko and Kevin Shattenkirk scored for St. Louis. Instead Johnson got it right back to his side, as he had position down low to tap in the puck after Killorn drove the puck behind Detroit’s net.

Pekka Rinne made 27 saves for the Predators, who got the early jump on the Pacific Division champion Ducks with a gritty road effort. The puck deflected in off his skate off a goal-mouth scramble.

As Blashill has done for most of the season he wouldnt comment on his lineup for Game 2 on Friday, but hinted Brendan Smith may return to the lineup to help with scrums after the whistle. “It was just playoff hockey, hard-nosed playoff hockey”.

Members of the Detroit Red Wings and Tampa Bay Lightning fight during the third period in Game Two of their Eastern Conference quarterfinals at Amalie Arena in Tampa, Florida, Friday.

As good as Bishop has been, the Lightning would not have a 2-0 series lead without the efforts of Johnson and the wingers who play alongside him, Nikita Kucherov and Alex Killorn.


A brawl capped this one, with 14 penalties called – including a game misconduct on Detroit’s Justin Abdelkader – with 54 seconds left. A Red Wings victory here in the second game would send them back to Hockeytown with a chance to take a strong 3-1 series lead, something coach Jeff Blashill and his team are looking to accomplish in tonight’s contest.

Tampa Bay Lightning center Tyler Johnson celebrates a goal by Alex Killorn during the third period of Game 2 in a first-round NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoff