Game 7 in Tampa doesn't faze Red Wings

Ted Kulfan
The Detroit News

Detroit — There's going to be a Game 7 after all, and the Red Wings are ready for it.

They could have clinched this series and Monday and begun preparing for Montreal and the second round.

But the Tampa Bay Lightning were the better team for most of the evening and forced a deciding Game 7 with a 5-2 victory.

Faceoff Wednesday night is 7:30 on Fox Sports Detroit.

The Red Wings have won two road games already in this series (as has Tampa Bay). They feel as if they can win a third, and thereby win the series.

"We have to get our mind right again and get ready," coach Mike Babcock said. "No team has been able to win two games in a row thus far in this series.

"So let's go to Tampa."

The teams have alternated six victories thus far, the Red Wings winning following by the Lightning.

The Red Wings maintain they like the position they're in.

"I told our guys if I would've told them at the beginning of the series that we were going to Game 7, a one-game shot, going against Tampa, we would've said 'great,' " Babcock said. "So, let's go to Tampa."

The Red Wings have had some success at Aamlie Arena in this series, which helps their confidence.

"We're not afraid to play in their building," said Tomas Tatar, who had both Red Wings goals in Game 6. "We're looking forward."

Zetterberg struggling

For all the talk about Tampa star Steven Stamkos not scoring goals in this series, Henrik Zetterberg has struggled offensively, as well.

Zetterberg has three assists in six games and is minus-3 for the series, after going minus-3 in Game 6.

But Babcock isn't concerned.

"In the series, except for Game 2, and this was Game 6, there was no space, period," Babcock said. "We don't create separation like they do with speed. And so there's not a lot of space for Z.

"He's been very good, very determined, played hard and hasn't scored. But the good thing about him, he does a lot of other things we don't have to worry about."

Sensational save

Goaltender Petr Mrazek's save on Brian Boyle in the second period will be replayed for years, a diving stick with Boyle alone in front that appeared destined to be a goal.

"I see a few of those from him," Tomas Tatar said of Mrazek's heroics. "He does it in practice. You think the puck will go in and all of a sudden he puts the stick out or it goes off his pants.

"He's a great goalie and obviously those saves kept us in the game."