Apr. 4—It took some time, 10 years in actual fact, but the Crimson Wings did it.
They actually obtained a conventional-season game Sunday in Tampa, ending a 17-game losing gallop dating wait on to Feb. 17, 2011, defeating the Lightning, 5-1.
That will perhaps now not be basically the most gruesome direct of all.
Now not the victory itself, but how dominant the Wings (13-22-5) were in successful this one.
Goaltender Thomas Greiss became as soon as ultimate, making 27 saves and a accurate a part of them with the game mild tight in the vital 30 minutes, and the Wings broke it launch with three dreams on four shots in precisely under three minutes slack in the 2nd duration.
So grand for the lengthy, lengthy losing systems in Tampa.
“It is immense,” Greiss acknowledged of the victory. “They obtained the Stanley Cup final one year and that’s one among basically the most efficient teams in the league. It is miles often special to beat these roughly guys.”
Now, the Wings possess obtained games in the playoffs at Amalie Arena for the length of that stretch, and clearly, or now not it is been diverse units of rosters. At the same time as you handiest hunch precise into a particular arena as soon as or twice per season, these objects tend of being prolonged.
There are a quantity of variables fervent.
“At the same time as you guys didn’t affirm us, we’d don’t possess any idea to be ineffective honest with you,” coach Jeff Blashill acknowledged of the 10-one year gallop of losses in Tampa. “But now we have not beat these guys grand, so having success against them completely feels accurate.
“Seriously the very fact they’re as accurate a crew as they are, the defending Stanley Cup champions, but in the tip, for me, or now not it is about playing the honest come and how the route of of it went. Our route of became as soon as honest accurate.”
Valtteri Filppula (third plan, 16: 05), Michael Rasmussen (2nd plan, 16: 34) and Marc Staal (third plan, 18: 58) pummeled third-string Lightning goalie Christopher Gibson, turning a 1-0 Wings lead rapid to 4-0.
Dylan Larkin opened the scoring on the vitality play in the vital duration, his seventh plan, and Darren Helm had an empty-get plan (Helm’s 2nd plan) to clinch it.
“Everyone precise conducted in actual fact successfully,” acknowledged Rasmussen, a younger heart who became as soon as slightly noticeable in both games over the weekend against Tampa. “We clogged up the neutral zone right accurate and stuck to our arrangement. We conducted honest accurate.
“We can play with whoever as lengthy as we play our game and all individuals is on the same net page and dealing exhausting. We now possess a accurate community of fellows and a quantity of gargantuan avid gamers, and it showed. It became as soon as a gargantuan take.”
Gibson became as soon as making his first NHL launch since March 30, 2018, when he became as soon as with the Islanders.
And, sarcastically, in Gibson’s final NHL appearance in 2019, Gibson relieved Greiss when both were with the Islanders.
Greiss, who at final obtained some dreams to work with (coming in, Greiss had gotten a median of 1.5 per game), made a immense put early in the 2nd duration on Steven Stamkos to retain a 1-0 Wings lead.
Tampa (26-10-2) skated on a three-on-one flee, Stamkos obtained the puck on the dot, and fired a shot that rolled up Greiss’ stick and into the stands, summing up the afternoon for both teams.
“Hits the shaft and goes out and goes the diverse come and we rating a plan,” Greiss acknowledged. “(If or now not it is) 1-1, a truly diverse game.
“We conducted a right accurate game. We didn’t give them grand, conducted tight via the neutral zone and a exhausting checking game. Quite a few blocks. Protection became as soon as unreal, and our penalty execute blocked shots. The dedication and war (became as soon as right accurate).”
Victor Hedman scored in the third duration to effect the Lightning from being shut out.
The Crimson Wings possess held their dangle against the defending Stanley Cup champion Lightning this season. The Wings are 2-3-1 in six games, with a victory and beyond traditional time loss against Tampa at Runt Caesars Arena.
“We we honest accurate defensively (Sunday) and that’s what we can possess to be to present ourselves a possibility, especially against this community (Tampa),” Blashill acknowledged.