Lightning, back to their winning ways, face Wings again

With their recent three-game losing streak occupying the rear-view mirror, the Tampa Bay Lightning have looked ahead to what they do best — win games.The club stayed atop the ultra-competitive Central Division on Saturday afternoon by jumping to an early two-goal lead and holding on to beat the Detroit Red Wings 2-1 in the first of back-to-back games.The victory gave the Lightning a two-game winning streak as the teams prepare to finish their series Sunday in Tampa.Rookie Ross Colton and Brayden Point scored for the second straight game as the Lightning kept their streak alive of beating the Red Wings in Tampa’s Amalie Arena.The Lightning have 17 consecutive home wins in regulation over Detroit — the longest active streak by one opponent against a visitor in the NHL. The Red Wings’ most recent victory in Tampa occurred on Feb. 17, 2011.Lightning coach Jon Cooper had a quick answer when asked what was the key to hanging on to a one-goal lead over the last 16 minutes.”Probably the goalie,” Cooper said with a chuckle. “But we gave up too many chances in the third. Some were some unlucky breaks, but for the most part, we were a little too loose. Part of it, too, was we were pressing for a third (goal) and we couldn’t get it. It was opening us up a little bit.”Right down the stretch, especially in the six-on-five, we did a pretty good job. And Vasi helped out.”In a 25-save showing, Tampa Bay goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy moved to 12-0-0 all-time against the Red Wings.Detroit fell to 1-3-1 against the Lightning this season and is 2-5-1 in its past eight games overall.Entrenched in the division’s cellar, the Red Wings are playing their young players in order to get them valuable ice time.

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