Head Coach Derek Lalonde and the Detroit Red Wings snapped a six-game skid with 7-4 win Wednesday night over Tampa Bay at Little Caesars Arena.
The key to this game was when Coach Lalonde made key adjustments in the second period. The Red Wings came out with tremendous energy and aggressiveness. Getting pucks in deep along with generating shots from the point, which has been a big part of their success thus’ far. The Wings were clearly the better team during a match up of budding rivals. They outplayed the Lightning most of the night, earning a much needed two points in what has been a tough stretch of games for the Red Wings.
The Wings outscored Tampa 5-2 over the final two periods and were only outshot 38-31 after surviving an 11-0 blitz to begin the game.
After an uneven first period in which Tampa within the first minute Detroit enjoyed a momentum shift when Olli Maatta scored his third goal of the year. However, the Lightning wouldn’t go away. Alex Killorn and Michael Rasmussen exchanged goals to end what was a hectic first period at LCA.
The Detroit Red Wings (14-11-7) head to Ottawa Friday night before the Christmas break to face off in a rematch against the Senators, who they just fell short against Saturday at home.
Oh’ Captain My Captain’
Dylan Larkin who always seem to play well against Tampa Bay, continued to do so tonight. The Red Wings captain has been on heater with 14 points in his last 14 games following his three point performance tonight. In 31 games, Larkin leads the Red Wings with 31 points (12G, 19A). Dylan had a chance at empty netter to cap off his night with a Hat Trick, but let Michael Rasmussen score his second of the night to end the game.
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