Point scored deciding goal, Lightning beat Red Wings
Tampa Bay - Brayden 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 night.
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.
TAMPA, FL - DECEMBER 29: Brayden Point #21 of the Tampa Bay Lightning shoots the puck for a goal against goalie Jonathan Bernier #45 and Patrik Nemeth #22 of against the Detroit Red Wings during the third period at Amalie Arena on December 29, 2019 i
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.
Point snapped a 1-1 tie at 5:33 of the third period. He skated toward the net from the left corner and sent a no-look shot over the shoulder of Bernier for his team-leading 15th goal of the season.
After a scoreless first period, Tampa Bay opened the scoring at 4:10 of the second period. Detroit won a faceoff but pushed the puck back to Kevin Shattenkirk at the right point. Shattenkirk walked the blue line to the center slot area and released a wrist shot that Palat deflected past Bernier.
Fabbri pulled the Red Wings even when Filip Zadina disrupted a clearing attempt by Cedric Paquette and kept the puck in the offensive zone. Filip Hronek sent a wrist shot toward the net that Fabbri deflected under the glove of McElhinney at 17:54.
NOTES: Tampa Bay activated D Braydon Coburn off injured reserve after he missed 13 games with an undisclosed lower-body injury. … Detroit C Valtteri Filppula missed the game with an upper-body injury sustained in Saturday’s loss to the Florida Panthers. … Red Wings’ G Jonathan Bernier made his first start since leaving a game at Toronto on Dec. 21 after suffering a groin injury.
Lightning: At Buffalo on Tuesday.
Red Wings: Host San Jose on Tuesday.