Jakub Vrana scored twice, including the eventual game-winner in the third period, and the Detroit Red Wings beat the Tampa Bay Lightning, 4-3, at AMALIE Arena on Tuesday night.
It was a milestone night for Vrana, who tied former Red Wings forward Danny Grant for the fewest games (32) to reach the 20-goal mark with the franchise.
Oskar Sundqvist and Lucas Raymond both added second-period tallies while goalie Thomas Greiss made 38 saves for the Wings, who snapped the Lightning’s three-game winning streak at home.
With the win, Detroit improved its overall record to 30-37-10 this season. Tampa Bay fell to 46-22-8.
NEXT UP: The Red Wings will wrap up the two-game road trip when they face the Florida Panthers on Thursday night. Puck drop from FLA Live Arena is set for 7 pm and will be televised on ESPN + and Hulu.
Tampa Bay 1, Detroit 0 (3:58, 2nd period)
Steven Stamkos’ backwards pass found Ross Colton, who scored from the left faceoff circle for his 18th goal of the season.
Detroit 1, Tampa Bay 1 (4:20, 2nd period)
Detroit tied the game just 22 seconds later Moritz Seider EDF Danny DeKeyser just below the blue line. DeKeyser fired a shot that bounced off Nicholas Paul and Lightning goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy, but Sundqvist grabbed a loose puck and netted his third goal as a member of the Wings.
Video: DET @ TBL: Sundqvist scores 22 seconds after Colton
Detroit 2, Tampa Bay 1 (6:34, 2nd period)
Jake Walman sent the puck around the boards to Filip Zadina, who found Vrana near the top of the right faceoff circle. Vrana quickly gathered the puck, then fired a shot through traffic to score his 11th goal of the season.
Video: DET @ TBL: Vrana scores after Red Wings power play ends
Detroit 3, Tampa Bay 1 (8:17, 2nd period)
Raymond stole the puck from Mikhail Sergachev, skated to the right faceoff circle and sent a shot that went off Vasilevskiy’s pads and through his legs into the back of the net.
Video: DET @ TBL: Raymond beats Vasilevskiy on rush up ice
Tampa Bay 2, Detroit 3 (9:47, 2nd period)
Nikita Kucherov scored a power-play goal to pull the Lightning within one.
Tampa Bay 3, Detroit 3 (00:43, 3rd period)
Colton notched his second tally of the night off a shot from the slot.
Detroit 4, Tampa Bay 3 (5:09, 3rd period)
Vrana stripped the puck off Sergachev and scored his second goal against Tampa Bay, the eventual game-winner, on a breakaway.
Video: DET @ TBL: Vrana puts Detroit up with 2nd goal of game
Jeff Blashill on the Wings’ effort
“They certainly had some chances, but we had some chances and Thomas was good. That sacrifice you saw at the end, that was outstanding. I was real proud of the effort the guys put forth today.”
Blashill on Vrana
“He’s as good a goal-scorer as I’ve been around, and I’ve been around some great, great players. He’s one of those things where it’s hard to score in this league and we’re in a spot right now, with some guys missing, where it’s not going to be easy for us to score. So when you can score the way he scored, it obviously puts us in a game where we don’t need a 1,000 chances. We just need a few chances. . ”
Vrana on what a win against the two-time defending Stanley Cup champion Lightning means
“We can take a lot of positive things out of it. I think we played great today and deserved to win. Like I said, a lot of positive things we can take out of this game moving forward here.”
Vrana on how Detroit prepared for Tuesday’s matchup
“We don’t really care about the opponent, what they do or what they did. We focus on ourselves and what we can do better out there to give us a chance to win a game. That was our mindset today and that’s our mindset. every game. ”