By FRED GOODALL/AP Sports Writer
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) – Pavel Datsyuk scored twice and Petr Mrazek had 44 saves in his NFL playoff debut to help the Detroit Red Wings beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 3-2 in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference series Thursday night.READ MORE: Michigan Matters: Auto Companies & Shows Forging New Paths Amid Pandemic
Datsyuk scored on two of the first four shots the Red Wings got against Tampa Bay’s Ben Bishop. Luke Glendening’s short-handed goal gave Detroit a 3-1 lead early in the third period.
Mrazek, named Detroit’s starter for Game 1 over veteran Jimmy Howard, gave up a short-handed goal to Brian Boyle in the first period and a late goal to Nikita Nesterov that enabled the Lightning to pull within 3-2.READ MORE: Michigan's Medieval Faire Stroll Returns In 2021
Tampa Bay outshot the Red Wings 46-14, but went 0 for 7 on the power-play – failing to even get a shot off on the final opportunity in the closing seconds of the game.
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