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Detroit Red Wings extend losing streak at Tampa Bay Lightning, 2-1

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The Detroit Red Wings had no response for Tampa Bay Lightning goalkeeper Andrei Vasilevskiy on Saturday.

Tampa gave themselves a pillow early and then ran to a 2-1 win over the Red Wings.

Adam Erne continued his breakthrough season with a career-best eighth goal in the fourth minute of the third half, reducing Tampa’s lead to 2-1.

The Wings had good scoring opportunities after Erne’s goal – Erne himself had a pair – but the Wings couldn’t get past Vasilevskiy, the likely Vezina Trophy winner that season who was tough in the late stages of the game.

“Not too happy at the moment,” said striker Dylan Larkin of the rally that was neglected. “We lost 2-1, we were there. (We) didn’t have the best start again, but we fought our way back into the game.”

“Vasilevskiy was good, he did what he does.”

Tampa’s Ross Colton and Brayden Point were 3-19 back in the first half, but it was Vasilevskiy who played the Wings with 25 saves, including numerous big stops too late to maintain the lead.

“In my opinion he is the best (goalkeeper) in the league and could be a lot,” said coach Jeff Blashill. “That’s not disrespect to the other goalkeepers, but he’s really good. You have to find ways to score. One of the ways you can score with any goalkeeper is to make sure you have a lot of traffic and score dirty (Goals). … We still have to find ways to score those dirty goals. “

The teams will conclude the weekend in a row with another game on Sunday (noon, NBC / 950). The Wings have lost 17 straight season games at Tampa.

The goalkeeper Thomas Greiss stopped 27 shots for the wings and thus extended his improved game lately.

BOX SCORE: Blitz 2, Red Wings 1

Greiss’s game and a Wings penalty that obliterated three Tampa power games were other major reasons the Wings were able to stay close.

“We had some big penalties, one in the second (period) and a third, which are big and keep it 2-0,” said Blashill. “(Greiss) was good, he made some good saves again and kept us there. The goalkeeper can keep you in the game.

“He looks like he is at the top of his game like he was at the beginning of the season. He has worked with Jeff Salajko (Wings’ goalkeeping coach) to bring his game back to the level he has at various times in his career and had this season. ” . “

Apart from Greiss, Erne was the other wing who really stood out and continues to make an unexpected impression on the offensive.

Frans Nielsen centered a pass in front of Erne, who was fighting for position and shoved a puck past Vasilevskiy near the post to reduce the Tampa lead to 2-1.

It was the third goal in five games for Erne, who reached his high-scoring career when playing against the Tampa team, which traded him in for the Wings in August 2019.

“Erne did a good job,” said Blashill. “Eight goals in our team is a really good statement from him.”

The finish kicked off the wings, which followed with some good shifts.

But Vasilevskiy, who beat the Wings for the 12th time in a row, was powerful on the net.

As was too often the case from the Wings perspective, a brief flare-up or bad period, in this case the first period, hurt them again.

“They looked like a really good ice hockey team (for the first 20 minutes),” said Larkin. “The puck movement, we didn’t have an answer for that. We didn’t grind it enough to start the game. But you have to take your hat off to games in this league and they certainly made some good games there.”

“We responded and Greisser was great the rest of the game. We were only close but we can’t be neglected in games like this against teams like that. We have to start getting results and it won’t be easy.” .

“But you can’t be satisfied with a 2-1 defeat.”

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Allusion: Sunday lunchtime, Amalie Arena.

TV / radio: NBC / 950

Outlook: The Red Wings (12-22-5) and Tampa (26-9-2) will end their back-to-back streak this weekend. … The Lightning won four of the five meetings this season and defeated the Wings 17 in a row in the Tampa regular season … The Wings continues without G Jonathan Bernier, RW Bobby Ryan and LW Sam Gagner, everyone could return on Sunday. ..RW Evgeny Svechnikov has approved the exemptions and remains in the organization of the wings

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