Red Wings rebound in Stanley Cup Playoffs with 2-0 win over Lightning

Detroit trails Tampa Bay 2-1 in 1st Round Series

Posted In: Sports, Local Sports, National Sports,   By: Thomas Baird

18th April, 2016     0

DETROIT, MI - Trailing 2-0 in the 1st round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs to the Tampa Bay Lightning the Red Wings looked to Joe Louis Arena for an advantage.   The sold out/standing room crowd provided that on Sunday night to propel the Red Wings to a 2-0 shutout over the #1 seeded Lightning.   The entire downtown area was buzzing about the Red Wings being in the NHL  Stanley Cup Playoffs for the 25th straight season.  

The Red Wings dropped two hard fought games in Tampa Bay before returning home to face the Lightning.   The first period started out with some extreme checks into the boards by the Red Wing defenseman.  This in part to show that the Wings were not going to be pushed around and taken lightly.   The Lightning General Manager former Red Wing great Steve Yzerman has his team primed to make a long run towards the Stanley Cup.

Red Wing goalie Petr Mrazek played a strong game in leading the team to a shut out over the Lightning.    When the Red Wings got on the scoreboard with two goals in the 2nd period by Andreas Athanasoiu and Henrik Zetterberg that gave the team some breathing room.    One noticeable thing in tonight's game was that the Red Wings could not take advantage of several power play opportunities through out the game.  That is one thing that they will have to do if they have an idea of winning this series against the best team in the East Division. 

In the scoreless third period that got very physical at the end of the game the Red Wings were making a statement that were in this contest and series to win it.   Having now gone to the NHL Playoffs for 25 consecutive years and not winning a Stanley Cup for the past 8 seasons this team is out to prove something.   Under new Head Coach Jeff Blashill nothing would be better to make a long run in the Playoffs in the next to final season in the aging Joe Louis Arena.   The Red Wings stepped up their play tonight and I can see this series going 7 games.    


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