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Where they Stand: After win vs. Lightning

Sunday, 03.30.2014 / 8:37 PM ET / News
By Bill Roose  - Managing Editor | DetroitRedWings.com
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Where they Stand: After win vs. Lightning
Jonas Gustavsson makes one of his 26 saves, stopping Lightning forward J.T. Brown in the Red Wings' 3-2 win Sunday at Joe Louis Arena. (Photo by Dave Reginek/Detroit Red Wings)

DETROIT – After losing three straight last week, how badly did the Red Wings need two big wins in regulation this weekend?

Sunday’s 3-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning, coupled with a 4-2 win at Toronto on Saturday, upgraded the Red Wings' temporary playoff status from critical to serious.

“It’s huge obviously to get four points on a back-to-back weekend is big especially the race is so tight,” Red Wings center David Legwand said. “If we can start gaining some ground here and getting some traction we’ll be alright.”

The win gives Detroit 84 points in its fight with three other teams for the two wild-card spots in the Eastern Conference race. The Red Wings are now two points ahead of idle Columbus and four ahead of Washington and Toronto.

The Capitals’ game in Nashville was an 8 p.m. EDT start Sunday.

The Red Wings built a two-goal lead on goals by Joakim Andersson, Gustav Nyquist and Legwand, while backup goalie Jonas Gustavsson made 26 saves in his first start in a dozen games.

The win was huge for the Red Wings, especially since the Lightning entered the game on the hottest winning streak in the league. The loss was the first in regulation for Tampa Bay (7-1-4) in its last 12 games.

“We’re just plugging away, grinding away,” coach Mike Babcock said. “We knew going in they had lots of skill. We’ve had tight games with them all they, they’ve all been one goal games. We’ve never been able to find a way to beat Bishop much, it’s been one or two at the most and tonight we got three by him. That’s why we won.

The Red Wings have eight games remaining, with three at home, including two this week against Boston on Wednesday and Buffalo on Friday. Detroit finishes up with four of its final five games on the road, where the Wings have 19 wins, three more than their home win total.

“When you drop the first two of the week, you want to end the week on a good note,” said Nyquist, who extended his point streak to nine straight games with an incredible goal. “It's going to mean a lot for the standings.”

With a slight edge, the Red Wings feel like they control their own playoff destiny with two weeks left in the regular season.

“We gotta find to find a way to win some games here to get in,” Nyquist continued. “We've got Washington breathing down our necks and Columbus is right with us here, and Toronto's in the mix too. Everyone's going to be playing for their playoff lives here. It's a good thing we have it in our own hands at least.”

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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

STATS

2015-2016 PLAYOFFS
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
T. Tatar 5 0 3 1 3
M. Green 5 1 1 -1 2
A. Athanasiou 5 1 0 1 1
G. Nyquist 5 1 0 2 1
H. Zetterberg 5 1 0 3 1
J. Abdelkader 5 1 0 -3 1
B. Richards 5 1 0 -4 1
D. Helm 5 1 0 -1 1
D. Larkin 5 1 0 -2 1
N. Kronwall 5 0 1 3 1
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Mrazek 1 2 0 .945 1.36
J. Howard 0 2 0 .891 3.59