Wings fall to Lightning in Game 7
Tough loss will haunt Wings
There were plenty of chances. There were those moments that guys are going to be thinking about all summer long as the Wings fell to the Lightning in Game 7 of their first round series, 2-0.
For most of the night, the Wings were the better team. They outshot Tampa 31-17, but Ben Bishop was completely solid in net and the Wings never really forced him to make that spectacular save.
The collapse in Game 4. The Kronwall suspension. They're all big storylines in this series, but the Wings won't be using them as excuses.
In the end, the Wings played well on the road in Game 7, but winning three out of four on the road against the regular season's best home-ice team was just too much to ask.
Lightning get empty-netter
Anton Stralman picked up a goal after Petr Mrazek was pulled with 1:18 to go and that will just about do it for the Wings in Game 7.
Nothing doing for Wings late in 3rd
The two minutes of 4-on-4 looked a lot like the previous 10 minutes of 5-on-5. The Wings continued to dump the puck in and Tampa continued to clear it out.
One of the Wings better players, or captains, needs to show up here late.
There's 4:59 left to play.
4-on-4 after goal wiped out
A Lightning goal was negated and the team's will be 4-on-4 after penalties were called on Steven Stamkos and Riley Sheahan for interference.
Maybe open ice is just what the Wings need. Something had to change as it didn't appear a goal was coming with the way things were going 5-on-5.
7:14 remains in Game 7.
Wings on their heels
The Wings appear to be a bit shaken since giving up the first goal of the game. They still trail 1-0 with 10:54 left to play.
It hasn't been the same kind of Wings attack since the goal. Who knows if it's tired legs or shock considering they have been the better team for most of this game, but they need to find a way to get the pucks flying back towards the net.
Henrik Zetterberg had a good look off a pass from Justin Abdelkader on the break, but Ben Bishop made a nice sliding save to his right.
Lightning strike in 3rd
Ryan Callahan fought for possession of the puck and came away with it from behind the boards before finding Braydon Coburn who sent a slap shot past Petr Mrazek for the game's first goal with 16:02 remaining.
It didn't seem like much of a play was developing. That was a laser off the stick of Coburn.
Mrazek comes up big
Tampa camped out in the Wings zone for most of the power play, but Petr Mrazek made the save of the game on the only shot he faced of the Lightning's man-advantage.
Steven Stamkos had a great look at the net, but Mrazek got just enough of the puck to deflect it behind the net.
The Lightning are just 2-for-30 on the power play in the series.
There's 16:49 remaining in Game 7.
Questionable call gives Tampa man-advantage
Danny DeKeyser made a nice defensive play to keep Tyler Johnson from centering the puck to a wide open teammate in front of Petr Mrazek, but seconds later he flipped the puck into the stands and was called for a delay of game.
The Lightning are going on the power play just 51 seconds into the third.
Fun pace through two periods
It's been an entertaining Game 7 despite the absence of goals. The second period was a back-and-forth affair as both teams were skating hard and creating chances.
So far, the Wings are the better team (23-12 advantage in shots on goal), but the scoreboard is what matters and that says we're scoreless after two periods.
Both goalies are making their first starts in a Game 7, so to be pitching shutouts through the first two periods is impressive on both ends. Petr Mrazek has had to make some big saves, but Ben Bishop has survived a relentless push by the Wings in the Tampa zone.
Once again, the Wings are going to have to come out with fire to start the third period. They can't have tired legs. The Lightning will take advantage of mistakes.
One period for the right to move on.
Bishop stones Wings on power play
Ben Bishop was in perfect position during the power play and made two saves while not allowing a rebound.
The Wings weren't awful, but they once again allowed Tampa to get an open-ice shot on goal despite being shorthanded.
7:07 remains in the second period.
Another power play chance for Wings
With 9:31 left to play in the second period, the Wings are going back on the power play thanks to a tripping penalty on Brenden Morrow.
The Wings are so close to breaking through. Hopefully they can do it here and avoid silly mistakes that give the Lightning a chance to strike back.
Solid kill for the Wings
Tampa missed the net with three shots on the power play and Petr Mrazek was only forced to make one save as the Wings penalty kill survived another two minutes without Niklas Kronwall.
The penalty killing has been solid tonight for the Wings. It's almost as if they are taking this challenge, and this game, personally because nobody expects them to win.
Danny DeKeyser was called for interference at 5:10 of the second period and the Lightning are going on the power play.
One team's power play followed by one for the other is nothing new to this series.
The Wings threw everything but the kitchen sink at the Lightning during the power play, but a nice save by Ben Bishop and heavy traffic in front of the net kept the Wings from scoring the night's first goal.
The good play from the first period has carried over into the second for the Wings. Aggressiveness right out of intermission got the Wings the man-advantage, and some nice pressure on the early part of the power play nearly got them a goal.
The Lightning struck back with a chance in the open ice, but Petr Mrazek stoned Tyler Johnson
Early power play for Wings in 2nd
The Wings attacked right away and got rewarded for their efforts.
Just 34 seconds into the second period, the Lightning were called for tripping as the Wings set up deep in the zone.
Well-played first period doesn't lead to goal for Wings
The objective for the Wings was clear right out the gate. Shoot, shoot, then go ahead and shoot some more.
The Wings put five shots on goal in the first minute of the game and outshot the Lightning 14-7 for the period.
A late power play brought the shot total up for Tampa, who hasn't created much with both teams at full-strength.
Petr Mrazek made a couple big saves, and I have a feeling he's going to have to make a couple more before this night is over.
The Wings need to stay on the attack. After a first period like that, maybe their experience will be what carries them towards a Game 7 victory.
Wings get the kill
The Lightning spent about 1:43 of their 2-minute power play in the Wings zone, but Petr Mrazek fought off some tough pucks.
Tampa also benefitted from a no-call on an obvious offsides, but the Wings were still able to fight them off.
Team's are back at full-strength.
5:01 to play in the first period.
Penalty on Hank
Henrik Zetterberg was called for holding and the Lightning are going on the power play with 7:16 remaining in the first period.
This will be a real test for a Wings penalty kill without Niklas Kronwall.
Strong start for Wings
Nothing went down on the 28-second Tampa power play and the team's are back at even-strength.
The Wings have a 10-2 shot advantage and continue to be the more aggressive team early on.
12:16 remains in the first period.
Wings waste power play
Justin Abdelkader was called for interference just 28 seconds into the man-advantage and the team's are 4-on-4 for 1:32.
Tampa will get a 28-second power play.
Lightning penalty gives Wings man-advantage
Alex Killorn was called for hooking at the4:37 mark of the first period and the Wings are going on the power play for the first time tonight.
Big chance for the Wings here. They've played well early, now they just need to take advantage of the power play.
Mrazek keeps cool early on
Petr Mrazek corralled a rolling puck in front of him as Tampa got deep into the Wings zone for the first time.
It took three minutes for the Lightning to get anything close to net. Game 7 is scoreless with 17:05 remaining in the first period.
Shots are 6-1 in favor of the Wings.
Wings getting after it
Gustav Nyquist had a backhand off a rebound right in front of net, but Ben Bishop made a nice save as the Wings have done a nice job in the first minute.
The Wings have the first five shots of Game 7. They're getting the puck deep into the Tampa zone.
Do or die for Wings in Tampa
Game 7. The two best words in sports. It's where the better team stands tall and takes what is rightfully theirs.
Tonight, the Wings have the daunting task of being on the road in a Game 7, needing to win against the best home team in the NHL for the third time in four games. And they'll have to do it without two defensemen.
Niklas Kronwall is suspended. No amount of debate about whether the suspension was warranted or not is going to change that. The Wings have to play through it.
Marek Zidlicky is out with a concussion, providing another devastating blow to a Wings defense that has made its fair share of mistakes in this series.
To win this Game 7, the Wings can't turn the puck over. If they do, Tyler Johnson is going to make them pay. The Lightning center has six goals in this series, and has proven he can capitalize quickly on the Wings mistakes.
Petr Mrazek will have to play big. He can't count on the help coming from an undermanned defense. He has to do it himself. Essentially, he's going to need to steal this game unless the offense just goes nuts on Tampa goalie Ben Bishop, who like Mrazek is making his first-ever start in a Game 7.
The first period is always telling. We'll be able to tell who really wants this game early on. If the Lightning can't muster the energy to come out strong at home, the Wings need to pounce.
Game 7. Now or never.
Puck drop is 7:30.