Lightning strike quickly in OT
Just 2:25 into overtime, Tyler Johnson struck again as the Lightning had a 3-on-1 advantage going in on Petr Mrazek.
Darren Helm was indecisive with the puck as the Wings had numbers of their own in the Tampa Bay zone, and the Lightning went down the other way to finish it off for a 3-2 victory.
This one really hurts. The Wings were in control for the majority of the night, but they just couldn't hold on.
Game 5 in Saturday in Tampa.
It wasn't supposed to be this way
The Wings were rolling, but a game-changing scuffle saw them lose Luke Glendening because of a roughing penalty, and that's when Tampa Bay assumed momentum.
It will be interesting to see if the Wings can muster up the energy they've played with for the majority of the night. They have to get up and get after it in overtime. Just moments ago, they had the visitors on the ropes. Come out hard and create chances, and they can still win this game.
Lightning strike again
All the momentum was on the Red Wings side, but it doesn't take long to score a goal in hockey, and the Lightning have tied the game at 2-2 with 4:09 remaining.
Tyler Johnson found Ondrej Palat with a nice centering pass, and the Wings are now on their heels despite holding all the cards just a few minutes ago.
Tampa goal comes after ejections
With the teams 4-on-4, Tyler Johnson came down the ice and went top shelf over Petr Mrazek to pull the Lightning within a goal at 2-1 with 5:26 remaining.
Luke Glendening was sent off for roughing along with Tampa's Victor Hedman after a big hit by Glendening on Johnson started a melee involving all 10 position players on the ice.
Ben Bishop went to the blue line to challenge Petr Mrazek, but the Wings young goalie declined. That's probably a smart move considering Bishop stands seven inches taller than Mrazek.
Aggression is the name of the game
The Lightning have shown at times in this series that they are capable of controlling the pace of play, but the Red Wings have simply not let that happen tonight.
Despite trailing 2-0 with 7:54 left to play, the Wings are still the more aggressive team. They are outshooting Tampa Bay 5-2 in the third period and continue to control a lot of the action.
Thus far, this has been quite the impressive performance by the Wings. They haven't let a seemingly comfortable lead change the way they're playing.
No goal, but power play still big for Wings
It wasn't much in terms of creating scoring chances, but the fourth power play of the night provided the Wings a chance to keep pressure on the Lightning and drain the clock.
It's still 2-0 Wings with 13:02 left to play.
Wings back on power play
Ben Bishop might be coming off the rails. The Tampa goalie was called for tripping despite an obvious flop from Tomas Tatar and let the referee know in a demonstrative way that he was not happy about it.
That's Bishop's second penalty of the night. Couple that with scoring on yourself, and you're bound to be near the brink.
The Wings are going on the power play. And hey, when things are going your way, just let it ride.
Wings keep pressure on
Darren Helm got a stick in the passing lane and sprint down the ice on a 2-on-1 break. Helm put on the breaks and fired towards the net, but he missed high.
The Lightning haven't come out as fast as you'd expect from a team in as deep as they are. The Wings, however, are doing well to apply pressure despite being the team with the two-goal lead.
Shots are 23-20 with 15:40 left to play.
2nd period proves big for Wings
Sometimes luck has a way of finding those who earn it.
That's the case for the Red Wings, who scored early in the 2nd period and kept pressing. The shots piled up, and one-by-one, Ben Bishop swept terrific opportunities aside. But then, on what seemed like a routine play, Bishop made the most costly mistake he's probably ever made when he scored on himself.
The Wings killed off a late-period Tampa Bay power play before Henrik Zetterberg was called for hooking with 47 seconds left in the frame.
Petr Mrazek continues to be great in net as the Wings head to intermission with a 2-0 lead.
Tampa will have 1:13 left on the power play when play resumes.
The Lightning really piled on the shots late in the period and are outshooting the Wings 22-18 for the game despite the Wings strong play in the middle of the period.
The second period was a case of the Wings creating their own luck. If they avoid silly mistakes in the third period, they'll find themselves up 3-1 in this series heading back to Florida for Saturday's Game 5.
Smith headed back to box
Brendan Smith was called for cross-checking and the Lightning are going on the power play for the third time tonight.
Costly mistake gives Wings two-goal lead
Ben Bishop scored on himself and the Wings have a 2-0 lead with 5:36 to play in the 2nd period.
That's as weird as it gets, folks. Bishop fumbled the puck with no traffic in front of him, flung it up in the air and hit it back in off the crossbar with his stick.
Talk about a break. The Wings were definitely on the precipice of another goal given their energy in the last five minutes, but Bishop had been stoning them at the gates.
Second goal eludes Wings
The Wings didn't get a shot on goal during the 39 seconds of their 5-on-3 advantage, but they had plenty of traffic in front of Ben Bishop just after that.
Pavel Datsyuk had a great chance, but the puck hit off of Bishop's arm and somehow went behind the net instead of in and the Wings came that close to getting a two-goal lead.
It's still 1-0 Wings with 10:07 left in the 2nd period.
Wings now have the shots on goal advantage at 14-10.
Big chance for Wings
With 39 seconds remaining on the power play, Ben Bishop was called for holding, and the Wings now have a 5-on-3 advantage.
Right after the Lightning failed to score on a 2-on-1 shorthanded breakaway, Justin Abdelkader appeared to have a clear shot at a goal on the glove-side of Ben Bishop. Bishop was up to the task, though, as he made a big save.
Wings catch another break
With 13:25 left to play in the 2nd, the Wings are going on the power play looking to stretch their lead.
Tampa's Cedric Paquette was called for holding on Pavel Datsyuk.
Wings take the lead
Gustav Nyquist made a nifty move to get the puck into the zone. After going hard on the forecheck, Justin Abdelkader was able to get the puck to Henrik Zetterberg in front of the net, who found Nyquist for a wide open goal on the stick-side of Ben Bishop.
It's 1-0 Wings with 14:18 remaining in the 2nd period.
That's the first goal of the playoffs for Nyquist, who was definitely due.
Wings survive another penalty
Tampa did a decent job keeping the puck in the Wings zone, but they were unable to muster a shot on goal as the Wings killed off another penalty.
It's still scoreless with 15:21 to play in the 2nd.
Lightning go on power play
Henrik Zetterberg was called for interference and the Lightning are getting an early power play in the 2nd period.
The Wings really have to stay out of the box. The percentages are not on their side to keep killing these penalties.
Wings look better toward end of period
It wasn't quite the whole team effort the Red Wings started Game 3 with, but Petr Mrazek seems to still have a bit of magic left as he made some big saves.
The Wings couldn't get anything going on a late-period power play, and they'll head to first intermission in a scoreless tie with the Lightning.
Tampa Bay came out the aggressor, but the team's finished tied in shots 8-8. This time, however, the Lightning outhit the Wings 16-9.
The Wings looked to have a little more pep in their step later on, and they'll have to bring that late-period energy back out onto the ice for the second frame.
Wings go on power play
Jonathan Drouin was called for tripping Brendan Smith, who has been in the middle of a lot of the first period action, and the Wings will get their first man-advantage of the night with 2:41 to play in the first period.
Mrazek comes up big
Valtteri Filppula had himself a chance, but Petr Mrazek made a big save to keep things scoreless with just over five minutes to play in the first period.
Tampa Bay is getting the better chances right now, but the man in goal is doing his best.
The Lightning are outshooting the Wings 8-5.
Lightning come up empty
Petr Mrazek made a great kick-save on Alex Killorn after turning the puck over from behind the net, and Game 4 is still scoreless with 12:19 left to play in the first period.
The Lightning didn't do much in the first minute of their power play, but Mrazek fought off two good chances in that final minute.
Smith back to the box
This time Brendan Smith was the only man sent to the box after a high-sticking call on Ryan Callahan near center ice.
The Wings have done a nice job putting the puck deep in the Tampa Bay zone, but once again they're falling behind on power play opportunities.
The Lightning have already had a series worth of power plays through the first 3 games (17).
Open ice action
Brendan Smith got into it with Ryan Callahan and that set up a 4-on-4 early on.
The Wings got two good looks at net on breakaways, but one was on easy save for Ben Bishop off the stick of Drew Miller, and the other was a pass from Danny DeKeyser that was well behind a trailing teammate.
Things are back at even strength with 16:45 remaining in the first period.
Wings ready to pounce
A completely different Red Wings team showed up for Game 3 at Joe Louis Arena. It was one full of intensity, focus and grit. That same team will have to show up tonight if they want to hold off a Tampa Bay squad that will be desperate to even the series and avoid a 3-1 hole.
Justin Abdelkader and a raucous crowd provided an emotional boost for the Wings in Game 3. But it was Petr Mrazek who kept the team in front when they lost some of that focus in the second period.
Mrazek cleaned up the mess, and there's likely to be a moment tonight where he'll have to do the same thing. As a whole, the Wings were good in Game 3, but the second period saw some mistakes that harkened back to the first two games. And while Mrazek can't be expected to pitch a shutout again tonight, there's still going to be those moments where his team will need him. His teammates job is to try and limit those opportunities.
We should get a good feeling early on about what the Wings are bringing to the table tonight. There's little doubt that the Lightning will push hard, but the Wings need to push back with just as much vigor if they want to assume full control of this series.