from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,
The Wings had good scoring opportunities after Erne's goal — Erne himself had a couple — but the Wings couldn't get another past Vasilevskiy, the likely Vezina Trophy winner this season, who was tough in the late stages of the game.
"Not too satisfied right now," forward Dylan Larkin said of the rally that fell short. "We lost 2-1, we were there. (We) again didn't have the best start but we battled back into the game.
"Vasilevskiy was good, he did what he does."
Tampa’s Ross Colton and Brayden Point scored 3:19 apart in the first period, but it was Vasilevskiy who starred against the Wings with 25 saves including numerous big stops late to preserve the lead.
"In my mind he's the best (goaltender) in the league, and might be by a lot," coach Jeff Blashill said. "That's not any disrespect to the other goalies but he's real good. You have to find ways to score. One of the ways that you can score on any goaltender is make sure you have great traffic and score dirty (goals). … We have to continue to find ways to score those dirty goals."
from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,