Detroit Red Wings blow lead, lose 3-2


Thursday’s game four would be a pivotal one for the Tampa Bay Lighting as they needed to come out strong, they needed to gain the advantage on the Detroit Red Wings and they ultimately needed the Steven Stamkos to come out and play his best.

In the first ten minutes, Tampa Bay came hard after Detroit they limited the Wings chances and it showed as the shots were dead locked after one.

Earlier in the day Tampa Bay head coach John Cooper said “Special teams is a trend in this series, every game the team that was better on special teams, wins.”

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Both Tampa Bay and Detroit had Power Play opportunities in the first, but both resulted in nothing.

In the second, Detroit looked like they had more jump then the Lighting who needed to play a complete game and pressure Detroit.

Detroit would score 5:42 into the second, It was a beautiful pass from Zetterberg to Nyquist who netted his first playoff goal this post season and Nyquist was a guy the Wings needed to get going.

As the play went on in the second, Detroit was pushing Tampa Bay and was giving them limited opportunities in the slot.

It seemed like for a majority of that second period after the Wings goal, Tampa started to become flustered Cedric Paquette took a bad penalty and when it seemed like Detroit was getting chances Ben Bishop tackled Tomas Tatar.

Detroit really dictated the play of the second and it looked like the Wings and Lighting would go into the third with the Wings of a small one goal lead, until Joakim Andersson shot a puck just putting it on net and Ben Bishop knocked it into his own net. Which would make it 2-0 Detroit.

We ended the second with the Lighting trailing the Wings by two goals.

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The Wings and Lighting battled each other for a good twelve minutes that was until a scrum in-sued and Glendening left the game with an injury of some sorts and that’s when the third period turned.

Two minutes after Luke Glendening left Tampa scored and it was the same guy who was getting locked up with the young star centerman in Tyler Johnson, just like that it was 2-1.

There’s no denying the impact Luke Glendening has had, when he left it gave the Johnson line an extra spark, but unfortunately for the Wings they weren’t done.

Ondrej Palat would skate through the slot and split the defense to tie the game, once again Glendening was missing on that goal.

Detroit would head to overtime with the Tampa Bay Lighting.

Two minutes and twenty-five seconds in, Tyler Johnson once again would score and would keep Tampa alive when it looked like the Lighting playoff hopes were on thin ice.

After Luke Glendening left the game, Tyler Johnson’s line scored Tampa’s only three goals.

The Good news, Luke Glendening expects to be back for game five.

Detroit really could’ve grabbed the series by the horns with a win, but unfortunately they let a game slip from their grasps.

Saturday, the Wings will travel to Tampa Bay for Game five.