Posts Tagged ‘Lightning’

Detroit at Tampa Bay (2/17/11)

Thursday, February 17th, 2011

The Red Wings were in Tampa tonight to play to the Tampa Bay Lightning. Brad Stuart returned with full face shield in place. Salei was given some time off to be home with his pregnant wife so Kindl was still in the lineup to fill in for him. The goalies were Howard and Roloson.

This was the first meeting between the Red Wings and Steve Yzerman’s new team. I’m sure there were some conflicting emotions on both sides but when the puck dropped it was all business. The Wings had their fathers along on this trip and they had a few days off to have fun in Florida before the game. Apparently they did some golfing and went on a Gulf of Mexico fishing trip. There were several sunburned faces on the Red Wings bench.

The Wings got off to a great start. They had lots of jump in this game. It was text book Red Wings hockey. They jumped out to an early lead with a power play tip-in by Cleary and then a nice backhand goal by the opportunistic Datsyuk.

In the second period the Lightning seemed to get their game in gear a little bit. They were inspired after getting their first goal even though it deflected in off Ericsson’s stick. It energized them enough that they scored again a few minutes later with a goal by Steve Downie. The tie didn’t last long though. A few minutes later in the period Kronwall scored a power play goal that deflected in off Hedman’s skate. That was justice since it was Hedman’s goal that had gone in off of Ericsson. Then Abdelkader scored another opportunistic goal when the rebound came right to him on the empty side of the net.

In the third period the Wings continued to roll. Datsyuk scored a nice goal on the rush after a pass from Hudler. Then Helm scored a great unassisted goal after intercepting a pass and taking off to the net all alone and burning Roloson.

Detroit allowed 40 shots on goal, but for the most part they were poor quality, low percentage shots. The Wings were pretty much in charge of the pace for the whole game. There was a surge by Tampa Bay in the second period but the Wings stayed calm and played their game and it wasn’t a problem.

There were plenty of Red Wings fans in attendance at the St. Pete Times Forum. Whenever they showed the crowd it looked about 80% red. You could also hear the “Let’s Go Red Wings” chant a few times. Someone even threw an octopus which I don’t think has happened in any game yet this season, home or away.

Although Yzerman’s team lost, he hopefully at least gained some insight into what tweaks he wants to make before the trade deadline to make sure his team can compete against the top teams of the Western Conference. They’re already a really strong team though and if this were a seven game series I’m sure the Lightning would win at least a few.

This 6-2 win brings us to:
76 points

Tampa Bay at Detroit (12/17/09)

Thursday, December 17th, 2009

Tonight’s game featured a rare visit by the Tampa Bay Lightning. Doug Janik was called up from Grand Rapids to replace Ericsson who will likely be out for at least two weeks after suffering a bruised knee on Monday in the game against Phoenix. Jimmy Howard was the starting goaltender for Detroit and Mike Smith was in for Tampa Bay.

In the first period Rafalski made a long pass to Drew Miller who was already in the offensive zone. The puck came to him in mid-air and he knocked it down and got it under control. Then he went in on Mike Smith, faked him out and scored. It looked like it should have been offside and I’m not sure why it wasn’t. It was hard to tell on the replays but the only thing I can think of is that the puck was hit by a Lightning player before Miller got it. That can’t be what they were planning but somehow it worked. The Red Wings had the early lead.

Later in the first Brad May danced with Zenon Konopka. They each got in a few shots but nothing serious. I’d call it a draw.

Near the end of the period Zetterberg got rightly clobbered by Ohlund. It looked like he was blindsided but after seeing the replays I think he saw it coming but it was at the last second; there just wasn’t enough time to react. It was a clean hit but Eaves came charging in to defend his teammate. It was unnecessary to do that on a clean hit and he was called for roughing because of it.

There was no scoring in the second period. To that point the game seemed pretty evenly matched. The Lightning had slightly more shots and chances than the Wings. Howard was playing very well and the rest of the team was, too.

In the third period the Wings were pressuring and the Lightning had trouble clearing the puck. Datsyuk stole a clearing attempt and dumped it back to Holmstrom. He stepped toward the front and passed it to Bertuzzi who was driving towards the net. Bertuzzi keep his stick down and tapped it in.

About halfway through the third period Lidstrom was deep in the offensive zone with the puck. He passed it to Eaves who was moving through the slot all alone. Eaves made a beautiful move to put the puck around Smith and into the net to give the Wings a three to nothing lead. That was a four-on-four goal because Maltby and Ohlund had both received coincidental minors.

That was it for the scoring. The Red Wings looked good in this game. They had a lot fewer shots than usual and gave up a lot more, but apparently they shot all they needed to. Jimmy Howard was stellar. He got the shutout after turning away 30 shots. Keep in mind though that the Lighting are in a terrible slump right now. They’ve been losing a lot lately so we can’t let this go to our heads.

Zetterberg never returned to the game after the monster hit by Ohlund. The way it looked I don’t think it’ll be anything serious. He definitely had his bell rung but I didn’t see anything that should keep him out for long. The only potential problem I can think of from that hit would be concussion or whiplash. Hopefully, he’ll just need some rest. That could be just wishful thinking though. Let’s hope it’s not a real problem…fingers crossed, everyone!

This 0-3 win brings us to:
41 points

Detroit at Tampa Bay (11/13/08)

Thursday, November 13th, 2008

Tonight the Red Wings were in town to play my local team the Tampa Bay Lightning.  No, I didn’t go to the game.  It’s too expensive, and I procrastinated too long, and also I hate to root against the Lightning in their own building because I do like them, too….but not today!

Osgood started for the Red Wings and Kolzig was in for the Lightning.

The game started out with a lot of energy.  Kronwall was gunning for people and nailed Prospal early on.  There were a lot of chances both ways but the Lightning were the first to capitalize.  They scored just after the expiration of a power play.  Mark Recchi got the goal.  He made a couple of dekes with his shoulder and then released a shot that hit the far post and went in.

A couple of minutes later the Lightning scored a power play goal.  They moved the puck very well.  They made a cross ice pass to Jokinen and he hit the net before Osgood had a chance to get over.

Early in the second, Detroit got on the board.  Lidstrom ripped a shot and Datsyuk tipped it in for the goal.  There was nothing Kolzig could do about that one.

In the second period there was lots of excitement and good battles but no more goals.  At the end of the second period the Lightning got called for three penalties in a row.  That meant that the Red Wings would start the third period with a long 5 on 3 and when that finished another 5 on 3 would start.

The Red Wings scored a gritty goal just after the end of the first 5 on 3.  Franzen kept banging away at it at the side of the net and Zetterberg came along and smacked it in.  That ended the second penalty so the Red Wings went to a one man advantage.  On that power play the Red Wings scored again.  Samuelsson shot the puck and it was deflected off a Lightning player.  That put Detroit up by one goal.

A few minutes later Detroit got another goal when Franzen scored his trademark goal.  Zetterberg got the puck and passed it to Franzen through the top of the crease.  When Franzen got the puck Kolzig was still moving across so he had a nearly empty net to shoot at.  Franzen made no mistake and gave the Red Wings a two goal lead.

After making a save with Holmstrom in his kitchen, Kolzig threw a little temper tantrum.  He slammed his stick on the ice and it looked like he broke the stick over his knee, but that was out of frame so I’m just going by body language.  The announcers sure did talk a lot about Holmstrom’s play.  They seem surprised that Holmstrom was there trying to ensure a goal.  Their complaining about it got a bit tiresome.  Holmstrom has every right to be there as long he doesn’t interfere with the goalie’s ability to make a play.  He doesn’t have to allow the goalie to see the puck and he doesn’t have to give him any elbow room.  Get over it!

Later in the third the Red Wings failed to clear their zone when Stuart sent it back into a congested area.  The Lightning took it back to the net and the puck ended up on the goal line.  The net was dislodged as the puck crossed the line and it also looked like it might have been kicked.  After a lengthy review they called it a good goal.  The Lightning were back within one.

The Lightning pulled their goalie with a minute and a half left to try for the equalizer but they were not able to tie it up.

The Wings did better defensively this game.  The Lightning shot total was pretty low.  

This 4-3 win brings us to:
23 points