Detroit Red Wings end drought in Tampa with 5-1 win Sunday



Associated Press

TAMPA, Fla. — Thomas Greiss made 27 stops to lead the Detroit Red Wings to a 5-1 victory over Tampa Bay on Sunday for their first road win against the Lightning in the regular season in more than 10 years.

Marc Staal, Valtteri Filppula, Michael Rasmussen, Darren Helm and Dylan Larkin all scored for the Red Wings, who snapped a three-game winless streak. Luke Glendening and Anthony Mantha each finished with two assists for Detroit, which had lost 17 consecutive regular-season games in Tampa going back to Feb. 17, 2011.

“The past record … if you guys didn’t tell us we would have no idea to be dead honest with you,” Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill said. “But certainly we haven’t beat these guys much. Having success against them certainly feels good especially the fact they are as good of a team as they are and the defending Stanley Cup champions.”

Filppula opened a three-goal spurt over just three minutes in the second period, with a goal at 16:05. Rasmussen scored 29 seconds later off a miss that caromed off the boards and Staal closed the flurry with a shot through traffic to make it 4-0.

“We clogged up the neutral zone pretty good and stuck to our system” Rasmussen said.