On Sunday afternoon, the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Detroit Red Wings 2-1.
The win hands Tampa Bay second place in the Central Division, tied with the Florida Panthers (both have 73 points). Furthermore, the Lightning sit two points behind Carolina for the division lead.
In Sunday’s crucial game, Tampa Bay wasted no time getting on the scoring sheet. Blake Coleman scored 16 seconds into the first period for his 13th goal of the season. Although the game got off to a hot start, there were zero penalties and no more goals in the first frame. However, Tampa Bay did dominate the first period with a commanding 19-6 shot total.
The second period also got off to a hot start, with Tampa Bay once again striking early. Mikhail Sergachev scored 1:09 into the middle period, extending the Lightning lead to two. Not only would this extend the Bolts lead but it would be their eventual game-winner. At 13:37 into the middle frame, Detroit scored their single game of the game. It was Filip Zadina scoring his 6th goal of the season to make the game 2-1 in favor of Tampa Bay. Once again, Tampa Bay dominated the shot total, this time outshooting Detroit 17-9.
In the final frame, no goals were scored but there were no shortage of penalties. Tampa Bay took three penalties, in which Detroit went 0-for-3 on the power play (0-for-4 in the game). On the other hand, Detroit took a single penalty, in which Tampa Bay was not able to capitalize (0-for-2 in the game). Additionally, Detroit was able to outshoot Tampa Bay 8-6.
Sunday was a special day for Tampa Bay goalie Christopher Gibson. 28-year-old Gibson stopped 22 of 23 shots to notch his first win as part of the Tampa Bay Lightning. Not only was this Gibson’s first win as a Bolt, but it was his first win since 2018 when playing on the New York Islanders (3/20/18 vs. PIT).
Tampa Bay returns home to face Dallas on Wednesday, May 5th. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:00 PM EST.