The skinny: Another difficult home loss for the streaky Wings, their fifth in a row. However, they got a point and displayed some fight in this latest defeat. After Henrik Zetterberg opened the scoring at 3:51 of the first, the Lightning scored the next two, with their goals coming from Ryan Malone and the superb Steven Stamkos. Zetterberg equalized at 15:48 of the third, guaranteeing a point for Detroit. But Tampa would get the second point, as Teddy Purcell netted the winner with 69 seconds left in overtime. With the victory, the Atlantic-leading Lightning upped their record to 12-4-0 (24 points), while the Wings fell to 9-5-4 (22 points). Furthermore, this was the first Lightning victory in Detroit since 1994.
Three stars: 3. Steven Stamkos. Stammer scored his 14th goal of 2013-14 in this one. He’s scored in six straight and is on pace to score 72 goals this season. He’s really good.
2. Henrik Zetterberg. The captain potted goals 9 & 10 in the loss, and his second goal sent the game into OT. He played 23:09 and led all Red Wings with six shots on goal.
3. Teddy Purcell. The game-winner came courtesy of the former Los Angeles King. It was his fifth goal of the year.
Five things: 1. Home may be where the heart is, but it’s not where the wins are. The Wings are 0-1-4 in their past five home games, and they’ve scored only eight goals over those five games. The good news is they’ve managed to take points from four of them and have looked better over the last two games (overtime losses to Dallas and Tampa). There’s been some bad luck to go along with the offensive struggles, and that usually doesn’t last over the course of an entire season.
2. Valtteri Filppula’s return. The former Red Wing bolted to Florida in the offseason, as a five-year/$25 million deal was too alluring to pass up. Filppula centered Tampa’s second line (as he’s done all year) and played 21:05, recording six shots on goal, two takeaways, and nine faceoff wins in nineteen tries.
3. Power play woes. Detroit’s power play was given four chances to do damage in this one (including three times in the second period), and came up empty four times. The Red Wing power play is 1-18 over the past six games.
4. The Captain is Cooking. Zetterberg has eight points (four goals/four assists) in five November games, and he’s up to 20 points (10 goals/10 assists) in 18 games thus far this season.
5. What’s next? The Wings stay in Detroit, but are off until Tuesday, when they will seek revenge against Winnipeg. Opening puck drop is slated for 7:30 EST.