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Special Team Play The Difference Friday Night

03/05/2022 at 6:13am EST

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

Just as they had gained a measure of confidence, it ebbed.

The Detroit Red Wings measured themselves against the defending Stanley Cup champions Friday at Amalie Arena and while they could point to some positives, the net outcome was negative: A 3-1 loss that left them feeling down.

"There’s a lot of things right now that are frustrating and some things we can’t control," captain Dylan Larkin said. "We had a great effort. We just came up short. We can’t keep coming up short."

Larkin lamented that the Wings' weren't selfish enough, that they should have shot the puck more, especially on some of the odd-man rushes they created in the first period.

The Wings had hoped to build off of beating the Carolina Hurricanes at home, but the trip south started with a reminder of what a difference special teams make.

"They scored twice on the power play when it mattered and we didn’t," coach Jeff Blashill said. "That ends up being the difference in the game."

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from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

The Detroit Red Wings appeared to catch a break Friday when the Tampa Bay Lightning, playing on back-to-back nights, started their backup goaltender.

But the Red Wings didn’t make it hard enough on Brian Elliott, didn’t get enough pucks on net in a 3-1 loss at Amalie Arena.

All three Lightning goals came on the power play, including Mikhail Sergachev’s tally that snapped a 1-1 tie at 10:21 of the third period. Steven Stamkos’ empty-net goal with two seconds remaining capped the scoring.

“They scored twice on the power play when it mattered and we didn’t, and that ends up being the difference in the game,” Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill said.

“In the end, five-on-five, probably the whole game we didn’t quite shoot it on net. We didn’t shoot the puck enough. We had multiple rushes in the first where we didn’t shoot it, and that kind of ends up being the difference in the game, the fact we’re not able to score on some of those chances and then we get out-special teamed.”

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