strike to dump Red Wings from playoffs
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[April 22, 2016]
(The Sports Xchange) - For 58
minutes Thursday, a scoreless tie persisted at Amalie Arena, and then
with 1:43 left, the Tampa Bay Lightning caught a loose puck behind the
net as Detroit Red Wings goalie Petr Mrazek went back to clear it.
Ryan Callahan fed a pass to Alex Killorn in front of the net and
he flicked it in for the game-winning goal, giving Tampa Bay a 1-0
win in Game 5 to eliminate the Red Wings in the first round of the
Stanley Cup playoffs.
Tampa Bay goalie Ben Bishop outdueled Mrazek, making 34 saves in his
first shutout this postseason.
Detroit pulled Mrazek late for an extra attacker, then got a power
play with 44 seconds left for a 6-on-4 advantage, but the Lightning
defense held on.
Tampa Bay's penalty kill went 4-for-4, finishing Detroit at one goal
in 25 power-play opportunities.
It was the second year in a row that Tampa Bay eliminated Detroit in
the opening round. The Lightning now have time for much-needed rest
before facing either the Florida Panthers or the New York Islanders
in the second round.
The Panthers and Islanders are currently locked in a 2-2 series.
Bishop and Mrazek remained deadlocked in a scoreless tie deep into
the third period, with Bishop being tested much more but Mrazek
facing more shots in the final period.
Facing elimination, Detroit backed off from the physical,
contentious, fight-filled play that had marked the first four games.
Neither team could muster a penalty for a power play in the final
period. It took a lucky break for the Lightning, catching an
opportunity with Mrazek out of position.
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With the Lightning hoping to close out the opening-round series on
home ice, the teams took a scoreless tie into the third period. That
was only because of superb play by Bishop, who stopped three
breakaways in the second period.
The Lightning survived a five-on-three for 1:14 in the first five
minutes with a substitution penalty followed by a cross-checking
infraction on defenseman Jason Garrison.
Tampa Bay's penalty-kill unit had held Detroit to one power-play
goal in 21 opportunities in the first four games, and went
three-for-three in killing power plays in the first two periods
The Lightning's power play, which had three goals in a Game 4
victory at Detroit on Tuesday, couldn't find the same success in
Game 5. In a second-period power play, short-handed Detroit outshot
Tampa Bay 2-0, with Riley Sheahan getting stopped on a breakaway.
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