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Pavel Datsyuk scored a power play goal in Saturday's win over Tampa Bay.

Datsyuk's third period goal gave the Red Wings a 3-0 lead in the game. The 36-year-old rebounded nicely after being on the ice for all three of Tampa Bay's goals in game four. Datsyuk now has three goals and one assist in five playoff games so far in 2015. If Detroit wants to complete the upset of Tampa Bay, they will need Datsyuk to continue producing at an elite level.
Apr 26 - 10:35 AM

Petr Mrazek said he feels calm and confident between the pipes for Detroit.

The Wings now hold a three games to two advantage in their best-of-seven series against Tampa Bay. The young goaltender's performance is a big reason why Detroit has a lead in the series. "I do (feel calm) but it's a new game Monday and this is over and now I just think about Monday," Mrazek said. "We knew they'd come out hard in the first 10 minutes. We started to play better and we had more shots after that." The Wings will try to eliminate the Lightning at the Joe Louis arena on Monday night. Coach Mike Babcock also sang Mrazek's praises. "He's an elite competitor and has good savvy about him," Babcock said. "He thinks he's going to win, he's a confident guy, and he has great athleticism."
Apr 26 - 10:31 AM

Unlike in game four, the Detroit Red Wings were able to shut things down defensively in game five.

The Wings blew a 2-0 lead in game four, but they shut Tampa Bay down when they went ahead on Saturday. "We have veteran leadership, and we just tightened it up," forward Drew Miller said. "The last game, something happened we weren't very proud of, but it's not something we were like, oh no, here we go again, 2-0 with five minutes left. We know we're capable of playing a certain way, and we just went out and played that way."
Apr 26 - 10:22 AM

Detroit Red Wings goalie Petr Mrazek made 28 saves en route to a 4-0 shutout of the Lightning in playoff action in Tampa Bay Saturday.

It was Mrazek's second shutout of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. He held the Lightning goalless on three power plays, too. The win gave Detroit a 3-2 advantage in the best-of-seven series. The Wings will have a chance to advance to the second round of the post-season with a win in Game 6 of the series Monday night. Mrazek has been the Wings' best player in this opening-round series. He is 3-2 against the Lightning in the post-season, with a goals-against average of 1.91. His save percentage is .937. The Lightning was favored to win the series but, if the Wings take it, it'll be largely because of Mrazek's magnificence.
Apr 25 - 9:16 PM

Detroit defenseman Jonathan Ericsson produced two assists Saturday to help the Red Wings shock the Lightning with a 4-0 shutout in Tampa Bay.

It was the second time in this Eastern Conference First Round playoff series that Ericsson had two points in a game. He had only 12 assists (and three goals) in 82 games during the regular season. Saturday's win gave the Wings a 3-2 edge in the best-of-seven series against Tampa Bay. Game 6 will take place Monday night in Detroit. Riley Sheahan opened the scoring Saturday with a goal at 19:37 of the first period. It was Sheahan's second goal of the series. Drew Miller made it 2-0 with his first goal of the playoffs at 15:46 of the second period. The Wings scored two more in the third period -- the first a power-play goal by Pavel Datsyuk at 15:37 and then an empty-netter by Danny DeKeyser at 18:22. Datsyuk's goal was his third of the post-season and Dekeyser's was his first. This game was all Detroit.
Apr 25 - 8:56 PM

The Red Wings will make no lineup changes for Saturday night's Game 5 in Tampa despite losing Game 4 in dramatic fashion.

That means that forwards Stephen Weiss, Dan Cleary, and blueliners Jakub Kindl and Alexey Marchenko will see the press box once again.
Apr 25 - 10:50 AM

Gustav Nyquist broke a 12-game playoff scoring drought with his marker in Game 4 against the Lightning Thursday night.

It was quite the drought stemming back to last season for the talented winger. If Detroit is going to connitnue its playoff run, Nyquist is going to have to be an offensive factor.
Apr 25 - 10:20 AM

Pavel Datsyuk will be looking to rebound defensively from a poor third period in Game 4 when the Red Wings face off against the Lightning in Game 5 Saturday night in Tampa.

He was on the ice for all three goals in the final 7:51 and will have to do a better job of shadowing Tyler Johsnon, who spearheaded the Lightning comeback. Luke Glendening, who will play Saturday despite sustaining a hand injury late in Thursday's contest, likely won't get the chance to continue his checking mastery over Johnson as the Bolts have the last line change at home and Tampa coach Jon Cooper will likely look for a Datsyuk-Johnson matchup that worked so well for him Thursday night.
Apr 25 - 10:08 AM

It should come as no surprise that Petr Mrazek will get the start in Game 5 Saturday evening against the Lightning in Tampa.

Mrazek has arguably been the best Red Wing in the series. He boasts a 2-2 record with a 2.43 goals against average and a .922 save percentage and was strong even in Game 4 when the Bolts scored three goals in the final 7:51 of the third period to steal the win.
Apr 25 - 9:54 AM

Luke Glendening (hand) is good to play in Game 5 on Saturday.

Glendening exited Thursday's game because of a cut on his hand that required stitches. He has two goals in four contests in the 2015 playoffs.
Apr 24 - 3:39 PM

Teemu Pulkkinen has been reassigned by the Detroit Red Wings.

Pulkkinen hadn't been used in the Red Wings' first round series, so he'll help the Grand Rapids Griffins instead. He has five goals and eight points in 31 NHL contests in 2014-15, but he also recorded 61 points in 46 AHL games.
Apr 24 - 1:13 PM

Joe Hicketts has been assigned to Grand Rapids of the AHL.

The undrafted defenseman was signed by the Red Wings back in September. Hicketts registered 64 points in 62 games with Victoria in the WHL this campaign. He will suit for the Griffins in the AHL playoffs now.
Apr 24 - 9:09 AM

Joakim Andersson was credited with Detroit's second goal in Thursday's 3-2 overtime loss to Tampa Bay.

His first marker of the postseason was fluky. Andersson's long shot was stopped by Ben Bishop, but then the Lightning goaltender batted the puck into his own net. Andersson had three shots on goal in the match and that was his first point of the series.
Apr 24 - 8:55 AM

Luke Glendening exited Game 4 with a cut hand midway through the third period.

He had been doing a good job of shutting down the Tyler Johnson line before he left and that trio did all the damage for Tampa Bay once he was gone. The Lightning rallied for a 3-2 overtime victory. "You look back now and we came back to win a game so it was potentially a huge factor," Bolts coach Jon Cooper said. Glendening thinks he'll be fine to play in Game 5 on Saturday.
Apr 24 - 8:46 AM

Petr Mrazek allowed three goals in the final 7:51 of Thursday night's Game 4 as the Wings blew a two-goal lead and lost 3-2 in overtime to Tampa Bay.

Mrazek falls to 2-2 in the post-season with a .922 save percentage and 2.43 goals against average. The 23-year old has been solid in the series with Tampa Bay, and on Tyler Johnson's overtime winner the Bolts came crashing in on him with a three-on-one rush. The Czech netminder will look to rebound in Game 5 on the road.
Apr 23 - 11:40 PM

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