DETROIT — The Detroit Crimson Wings did not simply convincingly defeat one of many high groups within the NHL on Easter Sunday. Additionally they ended a streak they had been undoubtedly bored with listening to about.
The Crimson Wings by no means trailed and cruised to a workmanlike 5-1 win over the host Tampa Bay Lightning, ending a 17-game shedding streak at Amalie Enviornment that dated again to the 2010-11 season. Detroit used a balanced scoring assault — together with three targets in lower than three minutes on the finish of the second interval — and a stellar goaltending efficiency from Thomas Greiss.
Detroit improved to 13-22-5, whereas Tampa Bay moved to 26-10-2. Greiss recorded his third win of the season after making 27 saves.
Crimson Wings coach Jeff Blashill was happy along with his workforce’s construction and defensive disposition in recording the entire recreation win.
“If you happen to guys did not inform us, we’d do not know to be lifeless trustworthy with you,” Blashill stated in regards to the earlier highway shedding streak in Tampa. “However definitely, we have not beat these guys a lot. And so having success towards them definitely feels good, particularly the truth that they’re pretty much as good of a workforce as they’re. They’re the defending Stanley Cup Champions. However for me, it is actually about enjoying the appropriate approach, and the way the method of it went. And I believed our course of was fairly good.”
“I believed it was pretty much as good of a job within the impartial zone as we have finished all season of clogging up the impartial zone, particularly within the second interval.”
After greater than 19 minutes of scoreless hockey, the Crimson Wings stole momentum on the finish of the primary interval when captain Dylan Larkin tallied his seventh purpose of the season with 12.1 seconds remaining. On an attacking energy play, Larkin secured a puck that was dropped off from former Lightning winger Adam Erne, surveyed his house and wristed a shot previous Tampa Bay goalie Christopher Gibson. The facility-play purpose was preceded by Detroit killing a holding penalty lower than two minutes earlier.
Greiss preserved the Crimson Wings’ 1-0 lead early within the second interval with a stellar stretch of goaltending, together with a theft of Steven Stamkos following a 3-on-1 rush. The Crimson Wings then broke the sport open through the closing 4 minutes of the body, scoring three targets in a 2:53 span.
Valtteri Filppula, only one recreation after making his return to Detroit’s lineup, prolonged the result in 2-0 at 16:05 after receiving an opportunistic go in entrance of the online from Luke Glendening. The purpose marked Filppula’s third of the season. Michael Rasmussen then tallied his second purpose of the season at 16:34, capitalizing on a puck that ricocheted off the boards in entrance of Gibson.
“I feel it was huge,” stated Greiss in regards to the momentum-building save on Stamkos. “It was a giant game-changer, in addition to being 1-1, we go down the opposite approach, it is 2-0, 3-0, fairly fast there. It was a giant second within the recreation.”
Defenseman Marc Staal capped off the scoring spree along with his third of the season on the 18:58 mark of the second interval. His wrist shot from the left level was aided by an aggressive web entrance effort from Glendening and Rasmussen, who completed off again to again dominant shifts.
“Blash at all times talks about profitable the online entrance, that goes for each ends,” Rasmussen stated. “D-men, and simply all of us did a superb job at the moment in entrance of our web, after which I feel we did a superb job in entrance of theirs too, getting our bodies in entrance of them and getting pucks by means of.”
Victor Hedman obtained the Lightning on the board simply over 4 minutes into the third interval (15:48), one-timing a go from Stamkos that beat Greiss. Detroit pushed its lead again to 4 targets, 5-1, and accomplished the sport’s scoring, with 5:41 remaining after Darren Helm scored on a deep empty-netter.
The Crimson Wings will return residence for a mini homestand on Tuesday, internet hosting the Nashville Predators for the primary of two video games. Puck drop is about for 7:30 p.m. ET.