TAMPA, Fla. – Ben Bishop stopped 34 shots and Alex Killorn scored with less than two minutes remaining Thursday night as the Tampa Bay Lightning advanced to the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs with a 1-0 victory over the Detroit Red Wings. “I’ve got a chance (Thursday) to improve on that.”ABOUT THE LIGHTNING: Jonathan Drouin had assists on all three power-play goals Tuesday, including a nifty centering pass to Ondrej Palat for the victor with 2:59 left”. Mrazek was pulled late in the game, giving the Red Wings an extra skater, but they still struggled to generate much offense. Patrick Kane netted the game-winner 3:07 into the second OT. The Florida-based club failed to qualify for the postseason in either of the two years preceding their sweep.
For 58 minutes, a scoreless tie persisted at Amalie Arena, and then with 1:43 left, as Detroit Red Wings goalie Petr Mrazek went behind the net to clear a puck, the Tampa Bay Lightning grabbed it from him and pounced on the opportunity.
There was one person who was consistent throughout the series and for the Lightnings season came up big yet againBen Bishop.
“There may be a maximum of four games played at Amalie Arena during the second round depending on the result of the Florida Panthers versus New York Islanders first-round series, which is now tied at 2-2″, the Lightning announced on its website. Buoyed by nine goals in a 10-game stretch at AHL Syracuse, Drouin is playing with confidence and a previously unforeseen edge, even asking Larkin to fight in Game 2. Chicago accounted for 78 minutes in penalties in game four – the most for the franchise since 1991 when they accounted for 90 in a playoff game against the Minnesota North Stars. I don’t think they’ll do it.
The Tampa Bay Lightning are moving on to the Eastern Conference semifinals.
Tyler Johnson and Jonathan Drouin moved the puck well into the path of Kucherov, who had no trouble converting on the power play.
Eric Fehr, Patric Hornqvist and Conor Sheary also scored as the Penguins tallied four times on 18 shots against Henrik Lundqvist, who was lifted early in the second period. But after that, they really didn’t threaten much outside of the power plays.
It would stay that way for nearly all of the third, too, until Mrazek made the ever-dangerous decision to play the puck behind his net with less than two minutes to go.
Sure, Bishop had been good – very good – but he hadn’t stole a game for the Lightning yet.
“You know sometimes you are feeling it, I guess”, Bishop said. “They did a good job of not letting us set up”, he said.
It didn’t. The light that came on once more over Detroit’s net, and soon after, the lights went down at the Joe, maybe for the last time this season. Conversely, Detroit’s power play was typically awful during the first two periods. That was the case as Tampa Bay avoided another trip to Motown by edging Detroit 1-0 despite being outplayed for most of Game 5.
“We had many chances but if you don’t score many goals, you won’t win games“.
Tampa Bay Lightning alternate captain Ryan Callahan would get ahold of the puck in the defensive zone and speed through the neutral zone and deep into the offensive zone.