St. Louis Nets lone SO Goal; TB Edges Detroit
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MARK DIDTLER, Associated Press
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Martin St. Louis scored in the sixth round of the shootout, and the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Detroit Red Wings 2-1 on Thursday night.
St. Louis netted the lone shootout goal when he beat Jonas Gustavsson to the stick side. Detroit, which has lost all six of it shootouts this season, failed this time against Ben Bishop.
Nikita Kucherov scored for the Lightning in regulation. Kyle Quincey had the Red Wings’ only goal of the night.
Quincey put the Red Wings up 1-0 with his first goal in 51 games, a rebound backhander from along the goal line just past the post at 15:04 of the first. The defenseman also snapped a 16-game point drought.
Kucherov tied it when he beat Gustavsson from the high slot with 43.7 seconds remaining in the second.
Gustavsson made a first-period save on Valtteri Filppula’s in-close backhander.
St. Louis sent a shot wide of the net during a short-handed breakaway early in the second. Bishop stopped a shot by Daniel Alfredsson on a 2-on-1 later in the period.
An up-tempo third period featured nice saves by both goalies.
Both teams had key players sidelined by injuries.
Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard hurt a knee in practice on Wednesday and is scheduled to be evaluated Friday in Detroit. Forward Henrik Zetterberg, on the long-term injured list because of a back injury, is eligible to return Dec. 28 against Florida.
The Lightning were without star center Steven Stamkos, who has a goal of returning in February from a broken right leg. Defenseman Victor Hedman will be out at least another week due to a lower-body injury.
NOTES: Detroit senior vice president Jimmy Devellano and Chicago senior adviser Scotty Bowman, who won three championships as coach of the Red Wings, were at the game. The two Hockey Hall of Fame members have a combined 20 Stanley Cup rings. … Tampa Bay RW Richard Panik served the first game of a two-game suspension for a hit Tuesday on Washington D Karl Alzner.
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