TAMPA -- Alex Killorn scored the go-ahead goal with 2:11 left in regulation and the Tampa Bay Lightning defeated the Detroit Red Wings 4-2 on Saturday night.
Ondrej Palat scored twice, including an empty-netter, to help the Lightning beat the Red Wings for the fourth time in as many games this season. Prior to 2013-14, Tampa Bay was 5-24-2-1 against Detroit.
Each team had good chances to break the 2-2 tie in the final period before Killorn slipped past the defense, took a pass from Teddy Purcell and wristed a shot past Jimmy Howard for his 14th of the season.
Howard stopped Nikita Kucherov's penalty shot with 1:36 remaining, but Palat got his 14th of the season with 1:03 to play after the Red Wings pulled Howard for an extra attacker.
Ben Bishop made 31 saves for his 28th victory of the season. Howard stopped 24 shots.
The Lightning (33-20-5) reached the Olympic break second in the Atlantic Division with 71 points. Detroit (26-20-12) is fifth in the division but holds the second wild-card playoff berth in the Eastern Conference with 64 points.
Detroit had a power play at 5:55 of the third period when Purcell was penalized for tripping, but the Lightning wound with the best opportunity. Howard preserved the by spearing a shot by Victor Hedman that was ticketed for the corner of the net. Moments later, Kucherov was left alone in front of the nte but hit the post.
After a stretch of sustained pressure, the Red Wings jumped in front at 17:18 of the opening period when Daniel Alfredsson one-timed a passout by Pavel Datsyuk past Bishop for his 14th goal of the season. Alfredsson became the second-highest scoring Swedish player in NHL history with 1,143 points, passing retired Detroit captain Nicklas Lidstrom. Mats Sundin is tops with 1,349 points.
Datsyuk's assist was his 800th point of his career.
Palat tied the game at 1:44 of the second period with Detroit forward Tomas Jurco off for boarding. Palat got free in front of Howard and put home his own rebound. Martin St. Louis and Hedman assisted.
Detroit went back in front when Jurco backhanded the puck over Bishop's shoulder at 11:19 for his third of the season. It came 15 seconds after Nate Thompson's boarding penalty expired.
Tom Pyatt got the Lightning even again at 17:14 by backhanding the puck under Howard's arm for his first goal of the season. Sami Salo and J.T. Brown were credited with the assists.
Detroit was 0-for-3 on the power play and has failed to score in 14 advantages against the Lightning this season.
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