Red Wings finally snap losing streak against Bolts

by Gary Shelton on March 9, 2020

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Maroon tied the game in the third period./CHUCK MULLER

Monday, 4 a.m.

One of these days, the sun will rise in the west.

On that day, dogs will no longer chase cats. There will be no music on the radio. Ice cream will not be cold anymore.

After all, anything is possible. The Detroit Red Wings have finally beaten the Tampa Bay Lightning.

After 16 straight losses, the third longest streak by one franchise over another in NHL history, the Red Wings beat the Lightning Sunday in a 5-4 shootout. All it took was three periods, and overtime and a shootout.

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The Red Wings goals included a breakaway and a backdoor goal.

"We didn’t make too many errors." said Lighting coach Jon Cooper. "The ones we did were glaring."

The Lightning came back from a two-goal deficit in the third period to force overtime and get a point out of their night, but lost a shootout to fall to the Red Wings only hours after beating Boston the night before.

Curtis McElhinney started in goal for the Bolts and saw his record slip to 8-8-2.

"We had our chances," Cooper said. "Not scoring when we had a three-on-one and didn't get off a shot was disappointing"

For the Lightning, Brayden Point scored twice (he has 25 goals on the season). Pat Maroon tied the game at 4-4 with 8:42 to play.

Also scoring for Tampa Bay was Carter Verhaeghe.

Tampa Bay concludes its road trip Tuesday night in Toronto in a game against the Leafs. The puck is scheduled to drop at 7 p.m.

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