Tampa Bay Lightning Beat Detroit Red Wings 5-2, Force Game 7
The Tampa Bay Lightning needed a win Monday night, April 27th, to force a Game 7 against the Detroit Red Wings and they did just that, winning 5-2 in Detroit.
The Lightning got on the board early, with center Tyler Johnson scoring just 3:47 into the first period. Defenseman Jason Garrison added a second goal for the Lightning at 11:10 to give the Lightning a 2-0 lead after one period.
In the second period, Tyler Johnson added his second goal of the game at 9:09 to give the Lightning a 3-0 lead. The Red Wings responded, however, when left winger Tomas Tatar scored a power play goal at 12:26. The Lightning led 3-1 at the end of the second period.
Tatar added his second goal of the game at 1:39 of the third period to pull the Red Wings within one, 3-2. The Lightning, though, were able to add a fourth goal, courtesy of center Alex Killorn, and a fifth goal, an empty-netter from center Cedric Paquette, to secure the Game 6 victory 5-2 and force Game 7.
Game 7 will take place Wednesday night, April 29th, in Tampa Bay. The winner will advance to the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs to face the Montreal Canadians.