Wings 6, Tampa Bay 2
TAMPA BAY (WWJ/AP) – The Detroit Red Wings never trailed in their win over Tampa Bay Lightning 6-2 on Thursday night.
As heard on 97.1 The Ticket – Pavel Datsyuk scored twice, Danny Cleary had a goal and two assists for Detroit. Niklas Kronwall, Justin Abdelkader and Darren Helm also scored for the Red Wings, who have won three in a row and seven of 11.
Tampa Bay got goals from Victor Hedman and Steve Downie. The Lightning are 5-3-1 during a 12-game home stand.
The Wings dominated play jumping out to a 2-0 lead in the first period, Tampa Bay came back in the second and scored two, but that was all they got. The Wings continued to score two goals in each of the remaining periods.
A power-play goal in the second period made the difference for the Wings, giving them the go-ahead goal and they never looked back.
After wasting a two-goal lead, the Red Wings rebounded on second-period goals by Kronwall (16:34), on the power play, and Abdelkader (18:00) for 4-2 advantage.
Wings goalie Jimmy Howard had 38 saves on the evening giving up 2 goals.
It was the first time that new Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman faced his old team. He played 22 seasons before spending five more as a vice president with Detroit.
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