National Hockey League

Red Wings hope this 'formula of success' works moving forward

The Detroit Red Wings did not get the result they desperately needed Friday, but they discovered how they must play to at least give themselves a chance to win.

The Red Wings competed hard against a far superior Tampa Bay team, limited their chances against, were strong on the penalty kill and stayed in the game until the final minute.

Vasilevskiy made 27 saves -- allowing only a first-period goal by Vladislav Namestnikov – and improved to 10-0-0 lifetime against Detroit, which has dropped 18 of its past 19 games against the Lightning.

The Red Wings were not expecting an immediate impact from Filip Zadina, who hadn’t played since Jan. 20, when he entered COVID protocol.

“I can’t imagine going two weeks and not being able to get proper training you need to play at a high level, and to come right back in it on the road in Tampa is even tougher,” Larkin said.

Thomas Greiss bounced back from Wednesday’s game, when he was pulled in less than five minutes after allowing three goals on five shots, getting little help defensively.

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