Detroit Red Wings
The Red Wings have handled the higher level of physicality better than the Lightning, and Tampa Bay needs to match that grit to score.
“Ok, if you’re trying to get out the “coach is whining for penalties” that’s not it at all. It’s the playoffs, this stuff happens” Cooper said.
“The old saying is, ‘If you ain’t cheating, you ain’t trying,'” Lightning head coach Jon Cooper said. “They do it to a ‘T.'”
Petr Mrazek stopped 28 shots and the Detroit Red Wings rebounded from a disappointing loss to shut down the Tampa Bay Lightning 4-0 on Saturday night and take a 3-2 series lead.
Mike Babcock does not usually address his team after games. The Detroit Red Wings head coach deviated from that norm Thursday night.
The Red Wings led 2-0 in the third period before Johnson scored with 5:26 remaining. He then assisted on Ondrej Palat’s tying goal 77 seconds later.
Joakim Andersson’s shot bounced routinely off Bishop and up in the air, but when Bishop tried to bat the puck away with his stick, he instead accidentally knocked it back off the crossbar.
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Who has better taste in girlfriends — Red Wings players or Lightning players?
The home crowd, of course, loved Abdelkader’s defense of his teammate, and proud chants of “Abby! Abby! Abby! Abby!” filled the arena.