The Tampa Bay Lightning ended almost 20 years of futility at Joe Louis Arena on Saturday night.
Teddy Purcell’s goal at 3:51 of overtime gave Tampa Bay a 3-2 win over the Detroit Red Wings.
It was the Lightning’s first win in Detroit since Jan. 12, 1994. They had been 0-10-1 at Joe Louis Arena since then and had an all-time record in Detroit of 1-13-1.
”That was in the past. There a new staff, a new team,” Tampa Bay coach Jon Cooper said. ”We need to win games here if we’re going to have any chance of making the playoffs.”
The teams are now both in the Eastern Conference’s Atlantic Division.
Ryan Malone and Steven Stamkos also scored for Tampa Bay. Ben Bishop stopped 25 shots.
”We stayed with it and it’s a good feeling right now,” Stamkos said.
Henrik Zetterberg scored both goals for Detroit, which lost its fifth straight at home. Jimmy Howard made 31 saves.
”In the end we got ourselves a point in a game we could have come up with nothing. So good for us,” Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said.
”What I didn’t like was when we lost our composure, when we gave up chances for no reason. Their speed with our inability to move the puck from the back today made us slower. I thought they were a quicker team than we were.”
Purcell got his fifth goal, from the slot, after a pass from Richard Panik preceded by Kyle Quincey’s turnover behind the Detroit net.
”Panik made a great play on the forecheck to pressure him and was able to throw it out in front,” Purcell said.
Babcock said: ”We had the puck and Q (Quincey) was coming around the net and their guy was quicker and stole it from him.”
Zetterberg tied the game with 4:12 left in the third on a slap shot from the right circle for his second of the game and 10th goal of the season.
Stamkos gave the Lightning a 2-1 lead with 7:10 left in the second period. He beat Howard with a wrist shot from the right circle.
Stamkos’ 14th goal came four seconds after Tampa Bay had killed off 5:24 of consecutive Detroit power-play time with 36 seconds of it a two-man advantage.
In all, the Lightning had only been at even strength for 13 seconds of the previous 7:37 when the final penalty ended.
”That was probably the turning point,” Purcell said. ”… Very difficult to kill six or eight minutes of a power play. And then Stammer gets one shot and scores.”
The goal extended Stamkos’ goal streak to six games and his points streak to eight.
The Red Wings have scored on only one of their past 20 power-play chances.
”It was better tonight than last game. It’s something we have to work on. It’s really important to take advantage of that,” Zetterberg said. ”You got to practice on it, put more time on it. We have to really bear down when we get our chances and score goals.”
Zetterberg opened the scoring 3:51 into the game when he intercepted Stamkos’ pass in the slot and put a wrist shot past Bishop.
Malone tied it at 1 with 9:49 remaining in the opening period when he put in the rebound of his own wrap-around attempt. It was Malone’s second goal.
NOTES: It was Tampa Bay C Valtteri Filppula’s first game against his former team after signing a five-year, $25 million free agent contract with Tampa Bay in July. Filppula spent his first eight NHL seasons with the Red Wings. … Detroit C Stephen Weiss didn’t play because of a sore groin and RW Johan Franzen missed his fourth game with an upper body injury/illness. … Lightning GM Steve Yzerman played his entire 22-season Hall of Fame career with the Red Wings and was the Detroit captain for the last 19 seasons. … The Red Wings recalled C Luke Glendening and D Xavier Ouellet from their AHL affiliate in Grand Rapids earlier on Saturday.