Tuesday, April 9

Detroit Red Wings show some fight in 4-3 win over Lightning


TAMPA, Fla. — The Detroit Red Wings showed some mettle, sticking it to the two-time defending champions and enjoying the reward of a satisfying performance.

They emerged from Amalie Arena on Tuesday with a 4-3 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning. It’s the second time in a week the Wings have defeated an opponent that has clinched a playoff spot.

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Unlike their April 14 victory at Carolina, where they relied mostly on goaltending, this night they got 38 saves from Thomas Greiss — and two goals from Jakub Vrana. It was a solid team performance, with players winning puck battles and sacrificing to block shots.

The Bolts have clinched a playoff spot, but they’re chasing Toronto for home-ice advantage and trying to stay ahead of Boston and not slipping into the wild-card spot and a likely first-round date against the Carolina Hurricanes. 

Red Wings goaltender Thomas Greiss makes a save as Lightning left wing Brandon Hagel goes after the puck during the first period on Tuesday, April 19, 2022, in Tampa, Florida.

Andrei Vasilevskiy lost for the first time in 14 career starts against the Wings. 

The Wings (30-37-10) continue the trip on Thursday at the Florida Panthers, then return to Little Caesars Arena Saturday for their final home game. 

How they adjusted

With Larkin done for the season after undergoing core muscle surgery Monday, the Wings needed a pivot for their top line. Joe Veleno got the nod to play between Tyler Bertuzzi and Lucas Raymond, offering a big opportunity for Veleno to demonstrate he’s more than a third-liner. Oskar Sundqvist returned after missing the weekend games. Minor-league call-ups Chase Pearson and Riley Barber were available, but the Wings opted instead to move defenseman Jordan Oesterle to the fourth line. 

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