Bolts jump to quick lead in win over Wings

by Gary Shelton on February 4, 2021

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Hedman scored early against Detroit./CARMEN MANDATO

Thursday, 3 a.m.

It says a lot about expectations when a team can skate away from a 5-1 victory and talk about the things that felt incomplete.

The Tampa Bay Lightning, Stanley Cup champions, had such a night Wednesday with an easy victory over the Detroit Red Wings. The Bolts scored three times in the first five minutes, but had to remind itself to keep up the pressure.

"We had to talk about that," said Lightning coach Jon Cooper. "We did let it slip. We had multitude of scoring chances (as they built a 3-0 lead). After that, I don’t know if we had had another scoring chance the rest of the period. We had to overcome that -- how the game is going to go and how you wamt it to go?" Cooper said.

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The Bolts jumped Detroit early, scoring on goals by Victor Hedman, Anthony Cirelli and Ryan McDonagh. Later, Brayden Point and Alex Killorn added goals.

Goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 15 of 16 shots.

The Bolts are now 6-1-1 on the season. The play Detroit again on Friday night with a 7 p.m. puck drop.

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