Wings earn elusive win over Lightning, 5-4
DETROIT (AP) — Robby Fabbri scored the winning goal in a shootout to lift the Detroit Red Wings over Tampa Bay 5-4 on Sunday, snapping a 16-game losing streak against the Lightning in the regular season.
Fabbri opened the scoring in similar fashion, beating goalie Curtis McElhinney on a breakaway in the first period as well. Anthony Mantha and Tyler Bertuzzi each had a goal and three assists for the Red Wings, who won despite blowing a 4-2 lead in the third period. Dylan Larkin also scored for Detroit.
“We knew they played last night. We wanted to jump on them early, and we did,” Larkin said. “We knew they could score, so when we got up two, it was a good cushion, but they’re an explosive offensive team so they responded. It made for a good hockey game, and it was nice that we stuck it out.”
Brayden Point scored two goals, and Carter Verhaeghe and Pat Maroon had one apiece for the Lightning, who completed an unusual weekend in which they beat the team with the NHL’s best record (Boston) on Saturday night and then lost a day later to a team with the league’s worst mark.
“We didn’t make too many errors, but the ones we did were pretty glaring,” Tampa Bay coach Jon Cooper said.
Mikhail Sergachev scored for the Lightning in the shootout, but Larkin equalized. In the third round, Detroit goalie Jonathan Bernier denied Nikita Kucherov. Then Fabbri tucked the puck past McElhinney with a backhand.
The Wings have won back-to-back games for the first time since Jan. 7 and 10.
BLUES 2, BLACKHAWKS 0
CHICAGO (AP) — Jake Allen stopped 29 shots for his second shutout and St. Louis won for the ninth time in 10 games. Chicago lost its second straight after a four-game win streak.