Fittingly, the Wings season ends on the power play.
The Wings' 6-on-4 advantage with 43.6 seconds left fails to convert, thus ending the series 1-for-25 as Tampa Bay wins 1-0 to take the best-of-seven series in five games.
Alex Killorn capitalized on a blunder by Wings' goalie Petr Mrazek for the game-winning goal with 1:43 left, and Lightning goalie Ben Bishop stopped 34 shots for his fourth career playoff shutout. He stopped three breakaways in the second period (Riley Sheahan, Darren Helm, Dylan Larkin).
The Wings' power play ended the series with 15 straight scoreless conversions.
Are you really surprised by the lack of potency? The Wings’ 211 regular season goals was their fewest in 39 years.
Is this the last time we will see “Datsyuk” stitched above the No. 13? His brilliant, 14-year career may have come to an end tonight in Tampa Bay.
For now, the Wings are left with painful series-ending images.
Jonathan Ericsson, sitting in the penalty box and watching the player he cross-checked, Ondrej Palat, score the go-ahead goal in Game 4.
Jimmy Howard, staring into the rafters, wondering how Nikita Kucherov’s blazing shot evaded him.
Luke Glendening, gliding to the bench as the puck traveled into his own zone and led to Tyler Johnson’s game-sealing goal in Game 2.
Rookie Dylan Larkin, his arms raised, the light flashing, the crowd roaring, only to find out the puck hit a goal post in Game 4.
Mrazek, unable to get back to the crease after he misplayed a puck behind the net, then hearing the Tampa Bay crowd erupt for Killorn's series-clinching goal.
And perhaps the most painful for Wings fans, and the sign of the times, is this: Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg, so dangerous in their Cup-winning prime, now swarmed by blue jerseys most of the series, unable to break free and dominate like they did in years’ past.
What will happen in the offseason? What changes are needed?
Wings have 6-on-4
The Wings go on the power play and will have a 6-on-4 with 43.6 seconds left (Petr Mrazek is on the bench for the extra attacker).
Tampa Bay leads 1-0.
Killorn scores on Mrazek blunder
Alex Killorn scores with 1:43 left to give Tampa Bay a 1-0 lead.
Petr Mrazek left the crease to play the puck behind the net, but made a poor pass toward Jonathan Ericsson. The puck was retrieved by Ryan Callahan, who passed in front to Killorn, who stuffed it home before Mrazek could fully recover.
It's a striking similarity to Chris Osgood's blunder in the 1994 playoffs vs. San Jose in Game 7.
Osgood, a rookie, tried to play the puck along the boards but it was picked off by San Jose's Jamie Baker, who fired it into the open net before Osgood could recover.
Helm's shot turned aside
Darren Helm's soft shot in the slot was turned aside by Tampa Bay goalie Ben Bishop (29 saves).
It's 0-0 with 3:55 left.
Will the Wings find the go-ahead goal?
Tampa Bay's Tyler Johnson left the bench again, but returned, according to reporter Elliotte Friedman(@FriedgeHNIC).
Scoreless midway through 3rd
The Wings are buzzing, but it's still scoreless with 7:55 left in the third period.
Gustav Nyquist stole a puck at the blue line and sent a pass to Tomas Tatar, who fired it across the ice to Henrik Zetterberg, but he could not corral it inside the faceoff circle.
Moments earlier, Bolts defenseman Andrej Sustr cleared a loose puck in the crease to prevent a goal.
Scoreless in 3rd; Mrazek shines
Are you nervous yet? It’s scoreless with 14:00 left in the third period. Wings goalie Petr Mrazek stopped Tampa Bay's Tyler Johnson on a one-timer with a nice, sliding save.
Does this have the makings of last year’s Game 7? A fluke goal by Bolts defenseman Braydon Coburn fluttered past Mrazek, the eventual game-winner at the 3:58 mark of the third period.
Anyway, back to tonight. The Wings’ line of Dylan Larkin-Henrik Zetterberg-Gustav Nyquist spent time in the Tampa Bay zone, but could not find the net. Larkin had a good chance denied by Bishop.
Moments later, Brad Richards at the 4:00 mark had a two-on-one rush with Darren Helm, but turned the puck over when he tried to drop the puck for Pavel Datsyuk. It was a head-scratching move by Richards.
Third period begins; Johnson back
The third period begins. It's 0-0 in Tampa Bay.
Can the Wings get a shot past Tampa Bay goalie Ben Bishop, who has turned aside three breakaways tonight?
Don't the odds say the Wings' power play is due for a goal (1-for-24 in series)?
Tampa Bay's Tyler Johnson missed the final 13:12 of the second period, but has returned to the ice to start the third period.
Is this the final period for Pavel Datsyuk in a Red Wings jersey? Or will we see overtime and a Game 6 Sunday at Joe Louis Arena?
Riley Sheahan's slap shot in the opening minute of the period appears to sting Bishop, who fell backward in pain.
Scoreless after second
It's 0-0 between the Wings and Bolts after two periods.
Where has this Wings team been all series? They outshot Tampa Bay 14-6 in the period and had the most scoring chances we have seen all series for a given period.
But three second-period breakaways (Riley Sheahan, Darren Helm, Dylan Larkin) were all turned aside by Tampa Bay goalie Ben Bishop.
Larkin denied on breakaway
Wings rookie Dylan Larkin is the latest victim: His breakaway is turned aside by Tampa Bay goalie Ben Bishop.
Bishop, a Vezina Trophy candidate, has turned aside three breakaways tonight. Riley Sheahan and Darren Helm were denied earlier.
Power outage continues; Johnson out
Make that 1-for-24 in the series.
Gustav Nyquist's shot from the side of the net squeaked through goalie Ben Bishop and sat in the crease, but it was cleared by Braydon Coburn. But the Wings power play failed for the third time tonight.
There's 2:08 left in the second period. It's 0-0.
Tampa Bay's Tyler Johnson has not been on the ice for a considerable amount of time. His last shift occurred with 13:12 left in the second period.
Power(less) play gets another chance
The Wings will head to the power play with 5:59 left in the second period. It's 0-0 in Tampa Bay.
The Wings are 1-for-23 in the series on the power play.
Helm denied on breakaway; Mrazek shines
The Wings have killed the Tampa Bay power play (0-for-4).
There's 7:42 left in the second period. It's 0-0.
Moments after the penalty ended, the Wings' Darren Helm had a breakaway that was turned aside by Tampa Bay goalie Ben Bishop. Helm tried to deke Bishop, who stuck out his right leg pad to make the save.
The missed opportunities counter grows: Two goal posts (Pavel Datsyuk, Danny DeKeyser) and two missed breakaways (Riley Sheahan, Darren Helm).
Wings goalie Petr Mrazek made a splendid glove save during the power play.
Mrazek, although he was disrupted by Ryan Callahan in front of the net, managed to make a glove save on Tampa Bay's Jason Garrison.
Mrazek has made 12 saves tonight. Another shutout moves him into fifth place on the all-time Wings playoff list.
Mrazek made history on Sunday when he blanked Tampa Bay, 2-0, in Game 3: He earned his third playoff shutout in eight games to join Normie Smith and Terry Sawchuk on the franchise list.
Smith set the franchise record with a 4-0 shutout against Montreal on March 23, 1937 at the Olympia in the NHL semifinals.
Fifteen years later, when 22-year old Sawchuk shutout the Toronto Maple Leafs in back-to-back games to begin the 1952 NHL semifinals, he tied Smith’s mark (three shutouts in eight playoff games).
In case you’re curious: Smith didn’t play another NHL playoff game after the 1937 Stanley Cup Finals.
And Sawchuk? He had four shutouts in his first 13 playoff games, and five shutouts in 14 games. That’s because he blanked Montreal in Games 3 and 4 as the Wings swept the 1952 Stanley Cup Finals. (The Octopus legend was born the night of Game 4.)
Quincey heads to box
Wings defenseman Kyle Quincey gets whistled for hooking.
The Tampa Bay power play will go to work for the third time of the period.
It's 0-0 with 10:13 left in the second period.
Sheahan denied on breakaway
The Wings' Riley Sheahan steals a puck inside his own blue line during a Tampa Bay power play and breaks in alone on Tampa Bay goalie Ben Bishop from center ice.
Sheahan, however, had his wrist shot turned aside as he tried to score through the five-hole.
So that's two goal posts and a missed breakaway tonight for the Wings.
Sheahan had a shorthanded, two-on-one chance in Game 1, but missed the net. (But he appears to be a solid penalty killer for the future.)
The Wings killed the Tampa Bay power play (0-for-3 tonight).
Moments later, Henrik Zetterberg's backhander was stopped by Bishop's blocker.
It's 0-0 with 13:15 left in the second period.
The Wings are showing spurts of life, similar to their Game 3 performance. What's with this team? For example: The Wings were heavily outplayed in the second period of Game 4, yet managed to end the period tied 2-2.
Larkin heads to box
Dylan Larkin heads to the penalty box for tripping at the 2:53 mark of the second period.
The Lighting power play is 0-for-2 tonight.
Detroit kills penalty
The Lightning power play fails to convert.
The Wings have won 67 percent of the faceoffs tonight. (Luke Glendening and Henrik Zetterberg are 4-of-6).
2nd period begins, Bolts on power play
The Lightning will begin the second period with a power play for 1:21. It was deadly in Game 4, converting 3-of-5 chances.
The Wings had nine shots on goal in the first period. Six of those shots are from defenseman (three by Danny DeKeyser).
Fan favorite Andreas Athanasiou played 2:58 in the first period.
Scoreless after 1st
It's 0-0 after the first period in Tampa Bay.
The Wings sputtering power play failed to convert on a 5-on-3 and is now 1-for-23 in the series.
Twice, the Wings hit the goal post (Pavel Datsyuk, Danny DeKeyser), and have yet to score a first-period goal in a series in which they trail 3-1.
The second period has belonged to the Wings in this series. They have scored seven of their eight goals in the second period.
The Lightning will begin the second period with a power play for 1:21. They were 3-for-5 on the power play in Game 4.
Kronwall goes to box
Wings defenseman Niklas Kronwall goes to the box for hooking Tampa Bay's Jonathan Drouin.
There's 39 seconds left in the first period. It's 0-0.
It was a weak call assessed to Kronwall, but Jonathan Drouin continues to create opportunities with his hustle and speed. Again, Drouin lugged the puck throughout the Detroit zone.
Drouin, the third-overall pick of the 2013 NHL Draft, had three assists in Game 4, all coming on the power play.
Drouin created controversy during the season when he didn't report to an AHL game, earned a suspension, and requested a trade. Many believed Lightning GM Steve Yzerman would move Drouin at the March trade deadline, but it appears Yzerman's decision to keep him is a solid move for the Bolts, who are without Steven Stamkos (blood clot).
DeKeyser hits the post
Wings defenseman Danny DeKeyser hit the goal post from the middle of the circle — although Tampa Bay goalie Ben Bishop had the angles covered well.
It's 0-0 with 4:24 left in the first period.
Earlier in the period, Pavel Datsyuk hit the post during a 5-on-3 power play when he had Bishop beat cleanly.
The Wings power play is now (cover your eyes) ... 1-for-23 in this series.
Sadly, Datsyuk has been a shadow of his former skilled self in this series, registering no goals on 15 shots. That burst of speed is missing because of his nagging ankle injury. He cannot explode off his toes, or break free from opponents with that ol’ shifty ability, and has been swarmed by Lightning players frequently.
Datsyuk has no goals in his past 14 games.
Detroit kills penalty, still scoreless
The Wings have killed the Tampa Bay power play.
There's 8:38 left in the first period. It's scoreless.
Tampa Bay gets power play
Gustav Nyquist is whistled for a slash. Tampa Bay heads to the power play.
There is 10:54 left in the first period. It's 0-0.
Datsyuk hits the post; power play sputters
Pavel Datsyuk rang a shot off the post during the Wings' 5-on-3 advantage. He is without a point in this series.
Later, a shot by Mike Green from point-blank range in the slot was blocked by Tampa Bay's Brian Boyle, continuing a series-long trend.
The Wings' looked punchless, fumbling the puck and failing to generate quality shots.
Wouldn't it be nice to see 21-year-old Anthony Mantha? He had two power play goals this year, just as many as Henrik Zetterberg. Yet Mantha (6-foot-5, 214 pounds) is relegated to playing in Grand Rapids (AHL), a head-scratching move.
Wings fans wonder why a young player with nifty hands cannot see power play time as opposed to Justin Abdelkader, who’s never been known for his hands around the net, as we saw in the final minute of Game 4 at Joe Louis Arena when a puck hopped over his stick.
Power(less) play gets 5-on-3
The Wings have a 5-on-3 for 1:14.
The Lightning were whistled for too many on the ice. Moments later, Jason Garrison cross-checked Justin Abdelkader.
Power(less) play gets a chance
The Lightning were whistled for too many men on the ice.
The Wings punchless power play that's 1-for-21 in the series will get a chance.
Within the opening 16 seconds of the 5-on-4 power play, Tomas Tatar lost the puck out of the zone, and the Wings were whistled for being offside.
Puck drops in Game 5
The puck drops in Game 5. It's scoreless in the opening minute.
The Wings have lost five straight games in Tampa Bay, dating back to Game 7 last postseason.
One side note to keep an eye on: When Lightning forward Tyler Johnson does not record a point, the Wings are 4-0 vs. Tampa Bay the past two postseasons. (Johnson did not have a point in Game 3 at The Joe.)
How to watch: Wings vs. Lightning
The Red Wings will try to avoid playoff elimination when they face off against the Lightning in Game 5 of their first-round Eastern Conference series on Thursday night at 7 p.m.
Bob Wojnowski says that if Pavel Datsyuk has one more burst left in his career, now would be the time to show it.
What’s troubling the Wings in the series, with the Lightning holding a 3-1 lead? The math is simple, writes Gregg Krupa. The Red Wings took five penalties in the 3-2 loss in Game 4. The Lightning scored all three of their goals on 10 shots on the resulting power plays.
Ted Kulfan says there are five things the Wings must do in Game 5 to avoid elimination.
Red Wings vs. Lightning
What: Game 5 of Eastern Conference series
When: Thursday, 7 p.m.
Where: Amalie Arenia, Tampa, Fla.
Local TV: FSD, CBC
National TV: NBCSN (blacked out in Detroit market)
Internet streaming: TVAS2
Local radio: 97.1 FM, 1270 AM
Satellite radio: SIRI Internet 930