Lightning top Detroit 5-2, take 2-0 lead in opening playoff series

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TAMPA, Fla. – Tyler Johnson scored a pair of third-period goals Friday night, helping the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Detroit Red Wings 5-2 in Game 2 of their first-round playoff series.

Ben Bishop had 30 saves for the defending Eastern Conference champions, who took the first two games at home despite playing without injured leading goal scorer Steven Stamkos and defenseman Anton Stralman.

A bloody brawl involving several players capped this one, with 14 penalties called – including a game misconduct on Justin Abdelkader – with 54 seconds left.

Game 3 is Sunday in Detroit, where the Red Wings won both regular-season meetings between the teams.

Johnson put Tampa Bay ahead for good barely two minutes after Detroit’s Brad Richards made it 2-2 with a power-play goal. Nikita Kucherov and Brian Boyle also scored for the Lightning, who tacked on Alex Killorn’s empty-netter with 2:14 remaining.



Updates from during the game:

9:41 p.m. The Lightning score. It’s 4-2 Bolts. Glendening leaves the ice injured, which lets the Bolts play the puck.

9:39 p.m. The Lightning still lead 3-2 with 5:28 to go in regulation.

9:15 p.m. Detroit is going back to the power play after Nesterov tussles with Nyquist.

9:01 p.m. Hedman skated just 5:25 in the second period because of his time in the penalty box.

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8:52 p.m. The Lightning lead Detroit 2-1 after two periods. Kucherov, Larkin and Boyle have all scored goals. Detroit has outshot Tampa Bay 23-21.

8:13 p.m. Larkin, out of the box, beats the Bolts to a loose puck and slides it under Bishop. The Red Wings tie it  at 1-1. That’s Larkin’s first career playoff goal.

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8:12 p.m. Detroit’s parade to the penalty box continues. Larkin heads off for hooking.

7:49 p.m. Abdelkader fails to control the draw, leading to a wide Drouin rush, and the kid clanks it off the crossbar. Second post for the Bolts.

7:41 p.m. Kucherov scores his third goal of the series comes on a 5-on-3, and theBolts have a 1-0 lead with 4:43 left in the first. Kucherov goal is from Hedman and Johnson. The same trinity that beat the Wings in game one continues to haunt them.


7:39 p.m. The Lightning will have a 1:33 5-on-3, as Detroit takes a tripping call. It could be a make-or-break moment in this game.

7:37 p.m. Another PP is coming up for the Bolts – a slashing penalty by Nyqvist behind the Tampa Bay net.

7:31 p.m. The Red Wings are controlling the faceoff circle thus far – a complete turnaround from game 1, in which the Lightning won the first 11 draws. Quincey is headed to the box for roughing, got a few extra shots into Paquette’s chin on the way out. He got his money’s worth.

7:21 p.m. Miraculous sprawling save by Howard keeps it scoreless with 13:23 to go in the first. Both ‘tenders are standing tall so far.

7:14 p.m. The Red Wings have the early spark. Bishop stones Datsyuk, then Kronwall twice. Killorn is headed off for a holding call in the offensive zone.

7:11 p.m. The puck drops in Game 2 of the opening playoff series. Bolts have a series lead 1-0.


The Lightning won the teams’ first playoff game Wednesday, edging Detroit 3-2. Ben Bishop had 34 saves for the defending Eastern Conference champions, who got the winner from Killorn less than two minutes after a potential go-ahead goal was waived off when Detroit coach Jeff Blashill successfully challenged that Tampa Bay should have been called for offsides before Victor Hedman scored.

READ MORE: Red Wings vs. Lightning playoff series preview

Tyler Johnson picked up a loose puck along the boards and fed Killorn, who slipped the puck past Jimmy Howard at 8:52 of the third.

Kucherov scored in the first and second periods and also assisted on the winner.

Remaining series schedule: 

  • Game 2: @ TB, Friday 4/15, 7pm on CNBC
  • Game 3: @ DET, Sunday 4/17, 7pm on CNBC
  • Game 4: @ DET, Tuesday 4/19, 7pm on NBCSN
  • Game 5: @ TB, Thursday 4/21, Time/TV TBD (If necessary)
  • Game 6: @ DET, Sunday 4/24, Time/TV TBD (If necessary)
  • Game 7: @ TB, Tuesday 4/26, Time/TV TBD (If necessary) provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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