NHL Game Summary - Detroit at Tampa Bay
(Saturday, December 17th)
Final Score: Detroit 6, Tampa Bay 3
Tampa, FL (Sports Network) - Pavel Datsyuk scored a pair of goals and added an assist as the Detroit Red Wings used four straight goals to down the Tampa Bay Lightning, 6-3, at St. Pete Times Forum.
Jason Woolley contributed a goal and two assists, while Brendan Shanahan chipped in with a goal and an assist for the Red Wings, who snapped their modest two-game losing streak.
"I thought we had a lot of jump tonight," Woolley said.
Mikael Samuelsson and Johan Franzen also scored for Detroit and Chris Osgood made 28 saves in the win.
Rob DiMaio had a goal and an assist and Dave Andreychuk and Ryan Craig scored for the Lightning, who lost for just the second time in their last eight games.
"They're a good team but so are we, everyone measures themselves against Detroit and some teams measure themselves against us," said Lightning forward Tim Taylor. "We're still reigning Cup champs."
Tampa Bay's goaltenders both struggled, as John Grahame allowed five goals on 24 shots before giving way to Sean Burke in net. Burke allowed a goal on the five shots he faced.
Down 3-2 in the second period, the Red Wings netted the next four goals to take a commanding lead.
After Woolley's first goal of the season tied the contest with 1:21 left in second, Samuelsson put Detroit ahead for good at 4-3 with his 13th goal of the season 2:12 into the third.
"We were able to net a goal early in the third and we played pretty solid after that," said Osgood. "The third period was our best period by far."
The Red Wings extended to a two-goal edge just 35 seconds later when Datsyuk slammed home a rebound from the slot and Shanahan's power-play conversion from in front put the Red Wings ahead 6-3 at the 9:31 mark of the third.
"I thought we played very well, but do the math, eight scoring chances," Lightning head coach John Tortorella said. "Five goals and the sixth one goes in."
Tampa Bay had three leads in the contest, but Detroit battled back to tie it each time and eventually win the game.
The Lightning took an early 1-0 lead with a power-play tally 4:29 into the contest after Dimaio's rebound goal of a Fredrik Modin shot that Osgood could not control.
Detroit registered the tying goal only 1:24 later after Datsyuk wristed a shot from the right circle that beat Grahame stick side.
Andreychuk's goal 3:18 into the second frame put the Lightning ahead 2-1 but Detroit tied it again at the 6:17 mark of the second on Franzen's tally.
Craig netted his first career NHL goal after he deflected Cory Sarich's shot from the right point past Osgood at the 8:44 mark of the second for a 3-2 Lightning lead.
Craig, along with forward Darren Reid, were recalled before the game from Springfield of the AHL...Tampa Bay's Vincent Lecavalier played in his 500th career game...Detroit won for just the second time in five games in Tampa Bay...The Red Wings closed out a three-game road trip with the win (1-2)...Tampa Bay went 2-for-8 on the power play, while Detroit finished 1- for-5.
12/18 00:25:41 ET