The Lightning earned a 2-1 victory over the Red Wings at home at Amalie Arena tonight. The win was the third in a row for the Lightning. They’ll now head out on a four game road trip for the rest of the week that includes three more divisional matchups before finishing in Carolina next Sunday.
The Lightning opened the scoring in the second period when Ondrej Palat deflected a Kevin Shattenkirk shot past Wings goalie Jonathan Bernier. Robby Fabbri tied the game before the end of the second on a deflection of his own that snuck past Curtis McElhinney,
Brayden Point scored the game winner on the power play in the third period in spectacular fashion. The Wings left him alone near the goal line on the left side. He skated in from a terrible angle and roofed it over Bernier showing why he’s one of the best players in the world. From there, the Lightning shut it down and held on for the win.
The Lightning dominated this game in all aspects. With Braydon Coburn returning to the lineup, Mikhail Sergachev and Ryan McDonagh formed the pair many of us have been waiting to see all season and they delivered.
If not for Bernier, this would have been a blowout.
This was a particularly satisfying win. So many times this season, the Lightning have outplayed their opponent only to lose either because of poor goaltending at their end or excellent goaltending at the other end.
This could have easily been another one of the latter type of games just like McElhinney’s last start where he suffered the loss despite only allowing two goals. But instead, the Bolts found a way to secure both points in regulation.
McElhinney didn’t have a lot to do with the Wings only generating about one expected goal in all situations. But he did his job not letting in any more than that one goal and making the two goals scored at the other end stand up.
Point also deserves a heaping helping of credit tonight. His game winner was pure individual skill. He’s just that good and watching him is a joy right now.
Ondrej Palat goal to make it 1-0
Brayden Point game winning roof job