Lightning top Detroit 1-0 to clinch spot in second round of NHL playoffs

The Tampa Bay Lightning celebrate a goal by Alex Killorn during the third period. AP Photo

TAMPA, Fla. – Ben Bishop stopped 34 shots and Alex Killorn scored with less than two minutes remaining Thursday night as the Tampa Bay Lightning advanced to the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs with a 1-0 victory over the Detroit Red Wings.

Killorn’s second winning goal of the series was set up by Ryan Callahan, who retrieved goalie Petr Mrazek’s bad pass behind the Detroit net and centered the puck in the crease for Killorn’s backhander at 18:17 of the third period.

Tampa Bay eliminated the Red Wings in the first round for the second straight year. Detroit pushed the defending Eastern Conference champions to seven games a year ago, but could only beat them once in five attempts this time, with Killorn, Tyler Johnson and Nikita Kucherov picking up the offensive slack for Tampa Bay with star Steven Stamkos injured.

Detroit only scored eight goals in the series, though not because of a lack of opportunities.

The Red Wings finished 1 for 25 on the power play, and their futility was never more evident than Thursday night, when they failed to even get a shot on goal during a 5-on-3 advantage early in the opening period.

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9:44 p.m. The Lightning top Detroit 1-0 to clinch a spot in second round of NHL playoffs.

9:38 p.m. Alex Killorn scores. The Lightning are up 1-0 with 1:43 to go.

9:35 p.m. Bishop has 30 saves tonight. He just robbed Zetterberg on a point-blank deflection.

9:32 p.m. There’s 5:40 to go in this scoreless game.

9:24 p.m. Coburn saves a goal after a defensive zone turnover created a Red Wings chance. It’s still 0-0 with 9:39 to go in the third period.

9:21 p.m. The Red Wings have called a timeout.

9:02 p.m. Tyler Johnson has returned. He takes the opening draw of the third period.

8:45 p.m. After two periods, we’re still scoreless. The Red Wings have outshot the Lightning 23-14.

8:33 p.m. Hedman heads to the box for holding Zetterberg.

8:27 p.m. Darren Helm gets stopped on a breakaway.

8:12 p.m. Sheahan breaks away but is stopped by Bishop.

8:11 p.m. The Lightning get another power play.

8:01 p.m. Victor Hedman played a game-high 9:20 in the first period. No other Lightning player skated more than 6:12.

7:49 p.m. That’s the end of the first period. We’re tied 0-0. The Red Wings have outshot the Lightning 9-8.

7:46 p.m. The Lightning get a second power play as Nik Kronwall heads to the box. There’s 38.4 left in the first period.

7:27 p.m. There’s 10:54 left in the first, and we’re still scoreless. The Red Wings are outshooting the Lightning 5-2 and out-drawing them 6-3.

7:22 p.m. The Lightning kill off the 5-on-3.

7:16 p.m .The Red Wings get an early power play because the Lightning had too many men on the ice.

TAMPA, Fla. – St. Louis and Tampa Bay can clinch spots in the second round of the NHL playoffs with wins tonight.

The Blues, who have never won a Stanley Cup championship in their long history, can take a big step tonight at home with a win over the Blackhawks. Chicago is the defending league champion and enters tonight’s game trailing in the series 3-1. This is not new ground for the Blues in facing the Blackhawks in the playoffs. St. Louis is 4-3 when leading a series 3-1, with two of the wins coming over the Blackhawks, in the 1988 division semifinals and in 2002 in the conference quarterfinals.

The Lightning enter tonight’s home game with Detroit leading by the same 3-1 margin. A lack of success on the power play has been a big part of why the Wings trail the series. They are just 1-for-14 on power play goals, including 0-for-4 in Game 4, while the Blues were 3-for-5 in the last game. A year ago these teams met in the first round with Tampa prevailing.

After losing the first two games of their series with Nashville, the Pacific Division champion Ducks won the third game on the Predators’ ice. Tonight they return to the same surface for Game 4. Anaheim coach Bruce Boudreau (boo-DROH’) sums things up by saying he would much rather head home to Anaheim for Game 4 with the series tied at two wins apiece than down 3-1.

And in New York the Rangers are hosting the Penguins. Strong defense paid dividends in the last game as the Penguins held the Rangers to 17 shots, just four in the final period. Pittsburgh leads the series 2-1.


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