The Red Wings lost another game in shootout fashion. That’s not news anymore.
But tonight in Tampa, the Red Wings executed the shootout as if they had a train to catch.
Confidence is nil in the shootout, and it showed tonight, as six Red Wings took six uninspired shots at Lightning goalie Ben Bishop, and it ended in a 2-1 loss when Martin St. Louis finally scored on Tampa’s sixth try on Jonas Gustavsson. Actually, it was five uninspired Red Wings shots. Todd Bertuzzi didn’t even get a shot off on his attempt.
Kyle Quincey scored the Red Wings’ lone goal at 15:04 of the first period.
The Red Wings have now lost 11 straight shootouts. Ridiculous.
Nikita Kucherov tied the game with just 44 seconds left in the second period.
Detroit (15-9-9) leaves Florida with two out of four points after losing two shootouts to the Panthers and Lightning. The bad news is, the Red Wings come home for a stretch. Home , Crap Home.
BOTTOM LINE: Gustavsson did his best to give the Red Wings a chance to win, but Tampa’s Bishop was a tad better.
THE WINGED WHEELER SAYS: The Red Wings didn’t play a bad game whatsoever. They were pretty tight defensively and didn’t leave Gustavsson hung out to dry for the most part. Bishop was terrific for Tampa. The special teams weren’t so special for either side, unless you’re a fan of the PK. Both teams went 0-for-4 on the power play. The Pittsburgh Penguins invade JLA on Saturday. This is a great time for the Red Wings to make a statement at home.