The Detroit Red Wings started their season off with a loss against the Tampa Bay Lightning 6-4 last night at Amalie Arena.
The Wings came out hot in the first when Thomas Vanek scored his first goal as a Wing only three minutes into the game on a powerplay. He then scored his second goal of the game a couple of minutes after. Petr Mrazek faced nine shots on goal blocking each and every shot.
In the second period, Lightning forward Jonathan Drouin scores the first goal for his team during power play after defenseman Mike Green went to the box. A couple seconds after Fran Nielsen scores his first goal as a Wing to help regain the lead for the team. A couple of good shots towards Mrazek were made but,forward Cedric Paquette was able to sneak one past him making the score 3-2. Towards the end of the period, Larkin headed to the box after hooking captain forward Steven Stamkos.
When the third period started, everything went down hill for Detroit. The Wings began to get more and more penalties for little things that should not have been penalties that cost them this game. Tampa then proceeded to tie the game up with goals scored by forwards Brian Boyle and Tyler Johnson, which was the game winning goal of the game due to the fact the Wings had too many players on the ice. Now if that penalty was not called would the Wings have won that game? Who knows, but clearly it was a big problem for the night. The game ended with goals by Alex Killorn for Tampa and Danny Dekeyser cutting the lead by one only to have Valtteri Filppula scored an empty netter towards the final minutes of the period.
The Wings will play tomorrow against the Florida Panthers at BB&T Center at 7 pm EST. For all updates, make sure to follow the Winged Octopus and Detroit Red Wings on Twitter.
Sources: Detroit Red Wings Twitter and Wing’s Beat Writer Helene St. James.