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A Huge Win For The Wings

from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

It took a while, 10 years actually, but the Red Wings did it.

They actually won a regular-season game Sunday in Tampa, ending a 17-game losing streak dating back to Feb. 17, 2011, defeating the Lightning, 5-1.

That might not be the most shocking aspect of all.

Not the victory itself, but how dominant the Wings (13-22-5) were in winning this one.

Goaltender Thomas Greiss was superb, making 27 saves and a good portion of them with the game still tight in the first 30 minutes, and the Wings broke it open with three goals on four shots in just under three minutes late in the second period.

So much for the long, long losing ways in Tampa.

"It's huge," Greiss said of the victory. "They won the Stanley Cup last year and that's one of the best teams in the league. It's always special to beat those kind of guys."


from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

The Detroit Red Wings came away with two points and a boost to their confidence from weekend games against the defending Stanley Cup champions.

They used a hardworking effort Sunday to bank a 5-1 victory, their first regular-season victory against the Tampa Bay Lightning at Amalie Arena since Feb. 17, 2011 — the Wings were 0-16-1 since. It’s the second win in six contests this season for the Wings (13-22-5) against the Bolts.

“Having success against them certainly feels good,” coach Jeff Blashill said. “They’re the defending champions. But at the end, for me, it’s about playing the right away and how the process of it went and I thought our process was pretty good.”


Extended game highlights are below.

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It was a truly great team effort and coaching, but if Vasilevsky in net, we are not winning that game.

Posted by VPalmer on 04/04/21 at 11:21 PM ET

The Meal's avatar

Happy birthday, Paul!

Posted by The Meal from Firestone, CO on 04/05/21 at 08:00 AM ET

AzWingsFan's avatar

Danny Decrepit kept trying to give the Bolts a chance to come back but thankfully his efforts were foiled by some solid penalty killing.  Hoping DDK gets demoted to the AHL the same way Cholo is for making lesser mistakes than DDK has been making all season

Posted by AzWingsFan on 04/05/21 at 10:17 AM ET


The score was 5:1 when DK took 2 penalties in the last 5 minutes of the game. I don’t think we should really dwell on it. DK has been pretty solid.

Posted by VPalmer on 04/05/21 at 10:23 AM ET

TreKronor's avatar

It was a truly great team effort and coaching, but if Vasilevsky in net, we are not winning that game.

Posted by VPalmer on 04/04/21 at 11:21 PM ET

The games I’ve watched (not yesterday but others), the TBL don’t seem to take the Wings too seriously (who does) and treat the games more like an intense scrimmage than anything else. 

It’s a great moral victory and feels great, but tbh TB didn’t play their starting goalie and I’m guessing most of their players didn’t come to the arena as game-ready as they would against any other team.

Posted by TreKronor on 04/05/21 at 10:42 AM ET


Yesterday was the first game I watched in a while.
Two things stood out to me, Detroit passing was really, really bad.
And two, agree Tre TB was not engaged. The Filpula goal was a case in point. It looked like a Saturday night skate for charity kind of play.

Oh hey, a third observation, Blashill out coached Cooper, that’s new.

Posted by Ventr on 04/05/21 at 10:53 AM ET

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