Lightning snap losing streak against Detroit

by Gary Shelton on March 27, 2022

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Sunday, 4 a.m.

Ah, yes. Detroit.

And don't the Tampa Bay Lightning just love to see the Red Wings coming?

Tampa Bay snapped a three-game losing streak Saturday afternoon, coming from behind in the last five minutes of the game for a 2-1 victory. The Bolts hae dominated the Red Wings in recent years, going 31-6-2 since the 2012-13 season. Since the start of the 2016-17 season, the Lightning are 10-1-2 in Detroit.

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For a while, this one seemed to be different. Detroit held a 1-0 lead late in the third period until Steven Stamkos scored on a power play (his 29th goal) with 4:32 to play.

Braydon Point then won it with another power play goal 2:32 into overtime.

The Bolts entered the game with six losses in their last eight games. Once more, they had trouble scoring. In seven of their last eight games, the Bolts have scored two goals or fewer.

At least this time, the big three of Stamkos, Point and Kucherov were active, combining for 17 shots. In the previous game, a 3-2 loss to Boston, they had seven.

"When those guys are shooting the puck, that’s what going to happen," said Lightning coach Jon Cooper.

The Bolts were led by goaltender Brian Elliott, who stopped 26 of 27 shots and earned his seventh win of the season.

"The Moose was loose today." Cooper said. "He’s been exceptional for us, especially in his last five or six starts. He doesn’t get a ton of time, but any time he can come in and give us points.... He’s done a hell of a job."

The Bolts' road trip continues today as the team goes to Long Island to play the Islanders. The game begins at 2 p.m.

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