Lightning Lose Second Straight On The Road

Dwayne Roloson and the Tampa Bay Lightning lost 4-2 to the Detroit Red Wings on Wednesday night.

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Lightning and Red Wings Tied After Second Period

The Lightning turned play around in the second period, showing a good sense of urgency to get back into the game. Guy Boucher changed up lines a little bit and when Martin St. Louis, Vincent Lecavalier, and Steven Stamkos began playing together on the top line, is when the surge began for Tampa Bay.

When the Lightning got on the power play, Marc-Andre Bergeron made an impressive play when he kept the puck in the zone, allowing St. Louis to snap home a one-timer behind Jimmy Howard. St. Louis’s goal was originally set up by a textbook pass from Teddy Purcell. The goal is St. Louis’s first power play goal of the season.

Both the Red Wings and the Lightning focused more on defense in the second period, with Tampa Bay edging Detroit in shots by 6-5. The Lightning’s play in the second period didn’t mimic its play in the first period, as the team tied up Detroit players in the neutral zone and got more blocked shots. Lightning defensemen Eric Brewer has four blocked shots of his own. Tampa Bay’s stretch passes were also coming from the tops of the circles instead of from behind the net, like what happened in the first period.

In the latter stages of the second period, Boucher decided to double-shift his top line and it ended up being a good decision. Matt Gilroy distracted the Red Wings defense, setting up Stamkos, who scored with 14 seconds remaining in the second period, tying the game up 2-2.

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Lightning Trail Red Wings 2-0 After First Period

Tampa Bay Lightning might be behind by two goals, but they played a pretty decent first period overall...in the beginning.

For the first five minutes, Tampa Bay’s defense played smart, with some blocked shots and aggressive play in the neutral zone.

At 4:58 of the first period, Pavel Datsyuk scored the game’s first goal after the Lightning turned it over in their own zone, even after winning the prior face-off. Datsyuk was initially stopped by Dwayne Roloson, but Datysuk got his own rebound, making it a 1-0 game.

Before and after Datsyuk’s goal, both team’s defenses were forcing turnovers, especially Tampa Bay. Lightning defense was rather aggressive on the Detroit defensemen in first period, but that changed.

In the last half of the first period, the Detroit Red Wings began shooting at just about anything, eventually outshooting the Lightning 17-8 when the first period’s time expired.

Detroit then scored another goal, after Valtteri Filpula’s quick legs took advantage of Pavel Kubina, allowing Filpula to pass it to Jonathan Ericsson, who scored from the slot. Roloson probably never saw the shot; Brett Clark was standing right in front of him. The bad change from Tampa Bay prior to the goal was another reason Detroit now has a 2-0 lead.

No goaltender is envying Roloson right now. He is keeping the Lightning in this one and it’s only the first period. Without him, this game could easily be out of hand for Tampa Bay.

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