Palat's power-play goal lifts Bolts over Red Wings

Tue Apr 19, 2016 11:04pm EDT
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(The Sports Xchange) - Ondrej Palat's power-play goal with 2:59 left gave the Tampa Bay Lightning a 3-2 win over the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday night at Joe Louis Arena and a 3-1 lead in the Stanley Cup Playoffs Eastern Conference first round best-of-7 series.

Game 5 is Thursday at Amalie Arena in Tampa.

Nikita Kucherov scored two power-play goals for Tampa Bay. Jonathan Drouin had three assists and Ben Bishop made 26 saves.

Darren Helm and Gustav Nyquist scored or Detroit. Petr Mrazek made 30 saves.

Palat tipped in Drouin's pass for Palat's first goal of the series with Jonathan Ericsson in the penalty box for crosschecking.

Detroit's Dylan Larkin hit the post from in front with a little over seven minutes left in the third period.

The Red Wings scored twice in the final six minutes of the second period to tie the score at 2.

Helm made it 2-1 with 5:07 left in the second period when he put in a loose puck from the crease. It was his first goal of the series.

Nyquist tied it with 10 seconds left in the period. He one-timed a shot past Bishop from below the right circle off a pass from Riley Sheahan. It was Nyquist's first goal of the playoffs and his fourth goal in 34 playoff games.   Continued...

Apr 19, 2016; Detroit, MI, USA; Tampa Bay Lightning left wing Ondrej Palat (18) celebrates his goal during the third period with left wing Jonathan Drouin (27) in game four of the first round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs against the Detroit Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena. Tampa won 3-2.  Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports