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game recap

Red Wings 6, Lightning 2

Thursday, 02.17.2011 / 10:32 PM

Associated Press

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - The Detroit Red Wings got a lot of fan support away from home - and an octopus, too.

Pavel Datsyuk scored twice, Danny Cleary had a goal and two assists and Detroit beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 6-2 on Thursday night.

There was a large group of Red Wings fans among the sellout crowd of 20,849 for the matchup of division leaders.

"That might have been the biggest I've ever seen in all the years I've been here," Detroit coach Mike Babcock said. "On the road we've had some unbelievable crowds, but tonight, that was a good crowd."

Niklas Kronwall, Justin Abdelkader and Darren Helm also scored for the Red Wings, who have won three in a row and seven of 11. Jimmy Howard made 38 saves.

Tampa Bay got goals from Victor Hedman and Steve Downie. The Lightning are 5-3-1 during a 12-game homestand.

"This is the standard in the league. This is the best all-around team," Tampa Bay coach Guy Boucher said of the Red Wings. "We've got a ways to go to get to that level. We have two months to get there."

The Lightning have missed the playoffs each of the last three seasons.

"We've got to learn from this," Tampa Bay captain Vincent Lecavalier said. "Our standards have to be even higher."

It was the first time that new Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman faced his old team. He played 22 seasons before spending five more as a vice president with Detroit.

"We're proud of him and cheering for him every night except when he plays us," Babcock said.

After wasting a two-goal lead, the Red Wings rebounded on second-period goals by Kronwall (16:34), on the power play, and Abdelkader (18:00) for a 4-2 advantage.

Datsyuk extended the lead to 5-2 on his second goal of the game, at 11:49 of the third. An octopus - a tradition at Detroit's Joe Louis Arena - was thrown onto the ice after the goal.

Helm added a breakaway goal with 1:50 remaining.

Hedman got the Lightning within 2-1 on his first goal in 32 games at 11:51 of the second. Downie tied it with 5:22 to go in the period.

Cleary put the Red Wings up 1-0 on a deflection of Nicklas Lidstrom's shot during a power play 6:40 into the first. Detroit is 24-2-4 when scoring the game's first goal.

Lidstrom had two assists, giving him four in his last 12 games.

Datsyuk made it 2-0 with 5:03 left in the first. The center has eight goals and 16 points in his last 13 games.

Howard stopped all six shots he faced, including an in-close backhander by Downie, during a 4-minute Tampa Bay power play midway through the first.

Lightning right wing Martin St. Louis had an assist. He has no goals and three assists in 15 games against Detroit.

Tampa Bay goalie Dwayne Roloson made 25 saves.

Notes: Red Wings senior vice president Jimmy Devellano, one of Yzerman's front-office mentors, and Chicago senior adviser Scotty Bowman, who was Yzerman's coach when Detroit won three Stanley Cups, were at the game. ... NHL commissioner Gary Bettman also was in attendance. ... Detroit D Brad Stuart returned after missing 15 games due to a broken jaw. ... Tampa Bay C Nate Thompson played after sitting out three games with concussion-like symptoms. ... It was just third time in the last eight years that Detroit played the Lightning in Tampa.

scoring summary
1st Period
06:40
DET
PPG - Daniel Cleary (18) Slapshot - ASST: Nicklas Lidstrom (34), Henrik Zetterberg (45)
1 - 0 DET
14:57
DET
Pavel Datsyuk (15) Backhand shot - ASST: Daniel Cleary (14), Niklas Kronwall (18)
2 - 0 DET
2nd Period
11:51
TBL
Victor Hedman (3) Tip-in - ASST: Simon Gagne (10)
2 - 1 DET
14:38
TBL
Steve Downie (8) Wrist shot - ASST: Steven Stamkos (35), Martin St. Louis (48)
2 - 2 Tie
16:34
DET
PPG - Niklas Kronwall (10) Wrist shot - ASST: Henrik Zetterberg (46), Nicklas Lidstrom (35)
3 - 2 DET
18:00
DET
Justin Abdelkader (4) Wrist shot - ASST: Tomas Holmstrom (13), Jakub Kindl (1)
4 - 2 DET
3rd Period
11:39
DET
Pavel Datsyuk (16) Wrist shot - ASST: Jiri Hudler (19), Daniel Cleary (15)
5 - 2 DET
18:09
DET
Darren Helm (7) Wrist shot - ASST: NONE
6 - 2 DET
penalty summary
1st Period
05:01
TBL
Randy Jones  Closing hand on puck
06:51
DET
Jiri Hudler  Tripping against  Martin St. Louis
09:13
DET
Jakub Kindl  Hi stick - double minor against  Adam Hall
2nd Period
07:53
TBL
Dwayne Roloson  Delaying Game-Ill. play goalie
15:23
TBL
Vincent Lecavalier  Interference on goalkeeper against  Jimmy Howard
18:57
DET
Jonathan Ericsson  Tripping against  Steve Downie
3rd Period
14:35
DET
Justin Abdelkader  Slashing against  Steven Stamkos
goalie stats
Jimmy Howard
SA: 40TOI: 60:00
Saves: 38EV: 27 - 29
PIM: 0PP: 11 - 11
SV%: .950SH: 0 - 0
Dwayne Roloson
Dwayne Roloson
15-19-2
SA: 31TOI: 60:00
Saves: 25EV: 23 - 27
PIM: 2PP: 1 - 3
SV%: .806SH: 1 - 1

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