TBL
38-36-8
DET
48-28-6

23 SOG
35 SOG

Red Wings 4, Lightning 2

Associated Press | Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:48 AM

DETROIT (AP) - The Detroit Red Wings were good when they had to be against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Tomas Holmstrom's power-play goal broke a tie early in the third period, and Pavel Datsyuk and Jonathan Ericsson each had a goal and an assist in Detroit's 4-2 victory on Wednesday night.

"It was a good win for our team. To be honest with you, I didn't think we were great," Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said. "I thought we were good in the first. I thought we turned over too many pucks and weren't as physical as we normally are. We didn't have as much energy."

Darren Helm also scored for Detroit, which won its sixth straight. Jimmy Howard made 33 saves, including stopping Matt Gilroy on a short-handed breakaway with 4:11 left. He had a few more big stops after the Lightning pulled goalie Dwayne Roloson for an extra attacker in the final two minutes.

"It was just being patient. I gave up a backdoor goal late in the second. I didn't want to do that again," Howard said. "I played a little deeper than I'd like in the last couple minutes. I gave myself a chance to make every save."

Martin St. Louis and Steven Stamkos scored for the Lightning, and Roloson stopped 31 shots.

"In the third period they made their power play work and we didn't make our power play work," Tampa Bay coach Guy Boucher said. "We kind of killed ourselves with a few turnovers."

Holmstrom's goal 4:22 into the third period gave Detroit a 3-2 lead. He deflected Nicklas Lidstrom's shot out of the air, about shin high, past Roloson for his fourth goal.

"I'm trying to get it on net. I'm trying to get it on the far side. I know Homer's trying to get in front of the net," Lidstrom said. "It was more of a lucky bounce that it hit him and went in."

Helm added his third goal, with 6:46 left, on a shot from the left circle.

"The fourth goal killed us," Stamkos said. "A defensive breakdown led to that goal. That can't happen."

Stamkos tied it at 2 with 14 seconds left in the second period, firing in a one-timed shot from the bottom of the left circle for his 16th goal. St. Louis' power-play goal 9:35 into the middle period put Tampa Bay on the board. He beat Howard from the slot for his seventh this season.

Datsyuk opened the scoring 4:58 in when he put in a one-timed shot from the inside edge of the left circle for his seventh goal. Ericsson's first of the season made it 2-0. He fired a shot past Roloson from the high slot with 8:56 left in the first period.

NOTES: It was the first game back in Detroit for Steve Yzerman since he became general manager of the Lightning. Yzerman spent his entire Hall of Fame playing career with the Red Wings, serving as captain for 20 years and winning the Stanley Cup three times. He won it again as a vice president with the Red Wings. A video tribute to Yzerman was shown on the videoboard during a stoppage of play in the first period. Yzerman was then shown, and he received a standing ovation. ... Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman signed a 5-year, $20 million contract extension on Wednesday. . Red Wings RW Patrick Eaves is expected to be out 6-to-8 weeks after having surgery on his broken jaw. Eaves was injured Saturday in Detroit's 4-1 win over Nashville. Eaves was placed on the injured list after the game, and the Red Wings recalled forward Chris Conner from Grand Rapids of the AHL.

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Scoring Summary
1st Period
04:58DET Pavel Datsyuk (7) ASST: Todd Bertuzzi (5), Johan Franzen (13) 1 - 0 DET
11:04DET Jonathan Ericsson (1) ASST: Valtteri Filppula (13) 2 - 0 DET
2nd Period
09:35TBL PPG - Martin St. Louis (7) ASST: Teddy Purcell (9), Marc-Andre Bergeron (17) 2 - 1 DET
19:46TBL Steven Stamkos (16) ASST: Matt Gilroy (6), Vincent Lecavalier (8) 2 - 2 Tie
3rd Period
04:22DET PPG - Tomas Holmstrom (4) ASST: Nicklas Lidstrom (11), Pavel Datsyuk (14) 3 - 2 DET
13:14DET Darren Helm (3) ASST: Jakub Kindl (5), Jonathan Ericsson (3) 4 - 2 DET
Three Stars of the Game
Pavel Datsyuk
1st
Pavel Datsyuk
C
G: 1Shots: 4
A: 1Hits: 0
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 0TOI: 19:05
Martin St. Louis
2nd
Martin St. Louis
G: 1Shots: 3
A: 0Hits: 0
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 0TOI: 22:35
Darren Helm
3rd
Darren Helm
C
G: 1Shots: 4
A: 0Hits: 1
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 14:10
Penalty Summary
1st Period
18:37TBL Steven Stamkos  Cross checking against  Jiri Hudler
2nd Period
04:39DET Todd Bertuzzi  Unsportsmanlike conduct
08:09DET Jonathan Ericsson  Tripping against  Nate Thompson
10:28TBL Nate Thompson  Slashing against  Johan Franzen
3rd Period
00:23DET Fabian Brunnstrom  Interference on goalkeeper against  Dwayne Roloson
04:13TBL Eric Brewer  Hooking against  Pavel Datsyuk
10:35DET Jiri Hudler  Hi-sticking against  Teddy Purcell
14:45TBL Vincent Lecavalier  Hi stick - double minor against  Todd Bertuzzi
shots by period
PeriodTBLDET
1st818
2nd65
3rd912
Total2335
Team Stats
CategoryTBLDET
Power Plays1/41/5
Hits2314
Faceoff Wins2544
Giveaways68
Takeaways715
Blocked Shots1419
Penalty Minutes108
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