Detroit Red Wings take it on the chin in back-to-back road games over the weekend
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Brayden Point delivered the highlight of a game lacking in action.
Point scored a power-play goal in the third period and the Tampa Bay Lightning extended their winning streak to three games with a 2-1 victory over the Detroit Red Wings on Sunday.
Ondrej Palat also scored for Tampa Bay. Curtis McElhinney finished with 19 saves.
Jonathan Bernier stopped 37 shots for Detroit. Robby Fabbri scored for the Red Wings, who fell to 4-14-2 on the road.
“It’s a tough league,” Bernier said. “Every night is hard. I thought we played a pretty good game … we came up short.”
Tampa Bay has won 16 consecutive regular-season games against the Red Wings, the longest winning streak in Lightning franchise history against one opponent and the third-longest in league history. Detroit last defeated Tampa Bay in the regular season on Nov. 3, 2015.
Point snapped a 1-1 tie at 5:33 of the third period. He skated toward the net from the left corner and looked off Bernier before lifting a shot over the goaltender’s shoulder for his team-leading 15th goal of the season.
“I had room to walk and just threw a no-look shot and it found a hole,” Point said.
Panthers 5, Red Wings 4
At Sunrise, Fla., on Saturday, Mike Hoffman had a goal and two assists and Florida overcame a two-goal deficit.
Evgenii Dadonov, Brett Connolly, Dominic Toninato and Anton Stralman also scored to help the Panthers win for the fourth time in five games. Chris Driedger made 35 saves in his fourth NHL start to improve to 3-1-0.
Dylan Larkin had a goal and an assist for Detroit, and Darren Helm, Frans Nielsen and Luke Glendening also scored. The Red Wings have lost five in a row and are 2-15-2 their last 19.
Jimmy Howard played his second game after a 10-game injury absence, stopped 25 shots.
Detroit grabbed the lead with quick goals 38 seconds apart.
Helm scored on a breakaway after Hoffman’s turnover. The left wing skated in and beat Driedger for his sixth goal at 9:29. Larkin pounced on a pass from linemate Andreas Athanasiou and netted his ninth at 10:07.
Florida’s penalty-kill units stymied a Detroit power play midway through the third, and Stralman fired home his fourth goal.