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Lightning beats Red Wings to boost playoff chances

Lightning beats Red Wings 3-1 to go 8 points clear of Atlantic Division playoff rival

Detroit Red Wings' Gustav Nyquist, front, of Sweden, is checked by Tampa Bay Lightning's Anton Stralman, also of Sweden, during the third period of an...
Tampa Bay Lightning's Alex Killorn celebrates his goal during the third period of an NHL hockey game against the Detroit Red Wings, Friday, March 20, ...
Tampa Bay Lightning's Steven Stamkos, left, celebrates his goal with teammate Brian Boyle during the third period of an NHL hockey game against the De...

Red Wings Lightning Hockey

Detroit Red Wings' Gustav Nyquist, front, of Sweden, is checked by Tampa Bay Lightning's Anton Stralman, also of Sweden, during the third period of an...

Red Wings Lightning Hockey

Tampa Bay Lightning's Alex Killorn celebrates his goal during the third period of an NHL hockey game against the Detroit Red Wings, Friday, March 20, ...

Red Wings Lightning Hockey

Tampa Bay Lightning's Steven Stamkos, left, celebrates his goal with teammate Brian Boyle during the third period of an NHL hockey game against the De...

TAMPA, Florida (AP) -- Tampa Bay strengthened its grip on an NHL playoff spot by beating Detroit 3-1 on Friday, opening an eight-point gap between the teams placed second and third in the Atlantic Division.

In Friday's other games, league-leading Anaheim needed overtime to beat a dogged Colorado and New Jersey beat Buffalo.

Tampa Bay's Alex Killorn scored a tiebreaking goal midway through the third period, while Ben Bishop made 30 saves for the Lightning. There were also goals from Anton Stralman and Steven Stamkos, who got his 40th this season on late empty-netter.

Tomas Tatar scored for the Red Wings, whose earlier momentum has dissipated with six losses in eight games.

Anaheim's Corey Perry scored the overtime winner as the Ducks edged Colorado 3-2 to complete a perfect three-game homestand.

Perry corralled the puck after Sami Vatanen knocked it out of the Ducks' zone and raced down the ice before sending it past Semyon Varlamov, securing another dramatic late-game victory.

The Ducks are now 29-1-7 in games decided by one goal this season.

Varlamov made 37 saves but the Avalanche's streak of four consecutive road wins came to an end.

New Jersey's Steve Bernier scored twice, including the 100th of his career, to lead the Devils to a 3-1 win at Buffalo, leaving the Sabres three points adrift at the bottom of the league standings.


Updated : 2021-01-23 19:56 GMT+08:00