Palat scores late, lifts Lightning to 3-2 win over Red Wings

Tampa Bay Lightning center Tyler Johnson, right, celebrates with Alex Killorn after a goal against the Detroit Red Wings during the third period of Game 2. AP Photo

DETROIT – Ondrej Palat scored with 2:59 left in the third period, lifting the Tampa Bay Lightning to a 3-2 win over the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday night and a 3-1 lead in the first-round series.

Game 5 is Thursday night in Tampa.

Ben Bishop stopped 26 shots for the Lightning and Petr Mrazek made 30 saves for the Red Wings.

Palat was in a perfect position right in front of the net to make the most of Jonathan Drouin’s pass on the game-winning goal. Drouin had three assists.

Nikita Kucherov had power-play goals in the first and second period to give Tampa Bay a 2-0 lead late in the second, but Detroit’s Darren Helm and Gustav Nyquist scored late in the period to tie the game.


9:45 p.m. The Lightning take the lead late in the third period with a power play goal.

8:52 p.m. The Red Wings tie the game with a goal with 8.4 seconds left in the second period.

8:37 p.m. Larkin creates a scoring chance, gets dumped by Paquette. The Red Wings head to a power play.

8:31 p.m. The power play pays off again. Kucherov buries another goal – his fifth of the series. The Lightning lead 2-0.

8:27 p.m. The Lightning won 63 percent of draws in the first period.

7:49 p.m. The Lightning owned the first period. Tampa Bay outshot Detroit 14-10.

7:39 p.m. There’s 3:38 to go in the first. The Lightning still lead 1-0. Bishop and Mrazek are sharp.

7:19 p.m. Just seconds in, the Lightning practice pays off. Kucherov nets his fourth goal of the series. It’s 1-0 Tampa Bay.

After surprising the NHL and the Anaheim Ducks in the first two games of their series, the Predators return home tonight for game three of their best of seven series with a 2-0 lead. The Pacific Division champion Ducks cite too many penalties in the first two games. In Game 2 alone they had six and gave up the game-winning goal shorthanded. For the Preds, this is the clubs first 2-0 lead in a playoff series ever.

Tampa Bay Lightning right wing Michael Blunden (46) is bloodied after a fight with Detroit Red Wings left wing Justin Abdelkader (8) during the third period of Game 2. AP Photo
Tampa Bay Lightning right wing Michael Blunden (46) is bloodied after a fight with Detroit Red Wings left wing Justin Abdelkader (8) during the third period of Game 2. AP Photo

In an attempt to turn things around, the Ducks have announced that Frederik Andersen will get the start in goal for the game over rookie John Gibson, who lost the first two games.

Both the Lightning and Blues can take a two-game lead in their respective playoff series tonight. Tampa Bay leads Detroit 2-1 with Game 4 this evening in Detroit. St. Louis has the same 2-1 advantage over defending league champion Chicago and tonight’s fourth game is in the Windy City.

The final game of the night is in New York and has the Rangers hosting the Penguins in just the third game of that best of seven series. The teams split the opening two games in Pittsburgh.

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