from Ansar Khan of Mlive,
The Detroit Red Wings’ top line has shown flashes of dominance, the final few weeks of 2018-19, at the start of this season and on Sunday to help the team stop a ridiculously long skid against a division rival.
Dylan Larkin, Anthony Mantha and Tyler Bertuzzi combined for 11 points in a 5-4 shootout victory over Tampa Bay at Little Caesars Arena, snapping the Red Wings’ 16-game losing streak against the Lightning.
“They get lots of opportunity, so they need to play like a top line, and they did that,” coach Jeff Blashill said. “When we’ve had success over the last couple of years that line has been a big part of it. Two games in a row they’ve played pretty good. I think there’s still growth there, but they’ve done a good job and they’re going to have to the rest of the way for us to be a good team.”
The Red Wings (17-48-5) won back-to-back games for the first time since Jan. 7-10. The Lightning (43-20-6) were missing stars Steven Stamkos and Victor Hedman due to injuries but are virtually locked into second place in the Atlantic Division.
Below, watch the extended highlights of the SO win last night.