With a 1-0 victory over the Detroit Red Wings, the Tampa Bay Lightning are the first team to advance to the 2nd round of the NHL Playoffs.
The Red Wings finished 1-for-25 on the power play, and their futility was never more evident than Thursday night, when they failed to even get a shot on goal during a 5-on-3 advantage early in the opening period.
The Red Wings averaged 32 shots on goal a game and outshot Tampa Bay 160-138, but they had no answers for Tampa Bay goaltender Ben Bishop, who capped off a series in which he had a. 950 save percentage by stopping all 34 shots on Thursday. He used the last change to put a trio of fast and physical forwards on the ice to match up with Tampa Bay’s Tyler Johnson-led line that dominated Detroit in the first two games of the series. We have to be more desperate.”TV: 7 p.m. ET, NBC Sports Network, CBC, TVAS2, FSN Detroit, FSN Sun (Tampa Bay)ABOUT THE RED WINGS: Detroit will need its big guns to step up if it is to stay alive in the postseason and none more than veteran center Pavel Datsyuk, who has no points and a team-high 15 shots on goal in the series“.
Over the first three games of the series, the Lightning were 1 of 14 on the power play and Detroit was 1 of 17 with at least one extra skater.
First-1, Tampa Bay, Kucherov 4 (Johnson, Drouin), 5:41 (pp).
Tampa Bay’s Bishop recorded his first shutout of the playoffs.
Ruff also said defenseman Kris Russell, who was scratched from Game 3 because of illness, might not be ready Wednesday.
“I think we could easily win this game“, Tatar said.
“We obviously lost the game on the special teams, both the power play and penalty kill”, Detroit coach Jeff Blashill said.
Mike Fisher scored his first goal of the series for Nashville.
Darren Helm and Gustav Nyquist scored their first postseason goals in the second period Tuesday after the Lightning built a 2-0 lead.
The Red Wings scored twice in the final six minutes of the second period to tie the score at 2.
The film work revealed that the Red Wings were susceptible to a play down low while the Lightning were on the power play. “Their best players outplayed our best players”.
Tampa Bay Lightning left wing Ondrej Palat is upended behind the net with the puck during the second period of Game 4 against the Detroit Red Wings in a first-round NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoff series, Tuesday, April 19, 2016, in Detroit. Keep Drouin in Tampa Bay beyond this season or trade him. Lets make a few more plays on it. Lets challenge each other and be a little bit better on it.. “I thought our guys played really well and couldn’t find a way to get the puck in the back of the net”.
On the flip side, the Lightning scored all three of their goals in Game 4 on the power play. 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.
That’s when Lightning winger Ryan Callahan saw the opportunity to pressure the Detroit netminder in a different kind of way and straight-up rushed Mrazek from behind.