Killorn's late goal lifts Lightning past Red Wings

Lonnie Herman  - Correspondent | Saturday, 02.08.2014 / 10:13 PM

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.

Detroit had a chance to go ahead when Henrik Zetterberg and Tomas Tatar came in 2-on-1, but Tater's shot went wide.

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.

Scoring Summary
1st Period
17:18DET Daniel Alfredsson (14) ASST: Pavel Datsyuk (18) 1 - 0 DET
2nd Period
01:44TBL PPG - Ondrej Palat (13) ASST: Martin St. Louis (31), Victor Hedman (26) 1 - 1 Tie
11:19DET Tomas Jurco (3) ASST: Riley Sheahan (8), Danny DeKeyser (9) 2 - 1 DET
17:14TBL Tom Pyatt (1) ASST: Sami Salo (8), J.T. Brown (9) 2 - 2 Tie
3rd Period
16:49TBL Alex Killorn (14) ASST: Teddy Purcell (23), Tom Pyatt (3) 3 - 2 TBL
18:57TBL EN - Ondrej Palat (14) ASST: Tyler Johnson (20), Sami Salo (9) 4 - 2 TBL
Three Stars of the Game
Ben Bishop
Ben Bishop
SA: 33TOI: 60:00
GA: 2EV: 26-28
PIM: 0PP: 5-5
SV%: .939SH: 0-0
Ondrej Palat
Ondrej Palat
G: 2Shots: 4
A: 0Hits: 1
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 21:24
Jimmy Howard
Jimmy Howard
SA: 27TOI: 59:45
GA: 3EV: 19-21
PIM: 0PP: 4-5
SV%: .889SH: 1-1
Penalty Summary
1st Period
09:54DET Niklas Kronwall  Hi-sticking against  B.J. Crombeen
2nd Period
01:09DET Tomas Jurco  Boarding against  Radko Gudas
09:00TBL Nate Thompson  Hi-sticking against  Darren Helm
15:10TBL Matt Carle  Tripping against  Tomas Tatar
3rd Period
05:55TBL Teddy Purcell  Tripping against  Pavel Datsyuk
shots by period
Team Stats
Power Plays0/31/2
Faceoff Wins3426
Blocked Shots1113
Penalty Minutes46
2B. SmithD0001014:23
8J. AbdelkaderL00-26020:37
11D. AlfredssonR10-14016:11
13P. DatsyukC01-10014:46
14G. NyquistR00-23019:23
15R. SheahanC0113015:06
18J. AnderssonC000009:13
20D. MillerL0000010:58
21T. TatarL0012015:33
23B. LashoffD0001012:03
26T. JurcoR1013215:32
27K. QuinceyD0013021:12
40H. ZetterbergL00-20020:39
41L. GlendeningC0000010:13
43D. HelmC0002016:03
52J. EricssonD00-10020:13
55N. KronwallD00-32223:43
65D. DeKeyserD0123021:52
35J. Howard2427.88959:45
2E. BrewerD0000019:22
6S. SaloD0222017:44
7R. GudasD00-10020:28
8M. BarberioD00-11018:13
9T. JohnsonC0112019:38
11T. PyattC1121015:41
12R. MaloneL00-11010:32
16T. PurcellL0110215:07
17A. KillornC1013013:46
18O. PalatL2014021:24
19B. CrombeenR00-2009:54
23J. BrownR0115014:57
25M. CarleD0001221:28
26M. St. LouisR0103019:45
44N. ThompsonC00-21210:27
65V. NamestnikovC0000011:55
77V. HedmanD0131021:33
86N. KucherovR0003012:06
30B. Bishop3133.93960:00