DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings displayed one of their best performances of the season to beat the Tampa Bay Lightning, 2-0, in Game 3 of their opening round Stanley Cup playoff series.
Joe Louis Arena was rocking as the Red Wings quieted the Lightning offense, holding them to just 16 shots on goal. Meanwhile, Detroit continued to execute a physical forecheck which paid off with goals by Andreas Athanasiou and Henrik Zetterberg.
View: Game 3 boxscore
That was all the Red Wings needed to earn their first win of the series. The Lightning now lead, 2-1, with Game 4 to be played Tuesday night in Detroit.
Petr Mrazek made his first start of the series. He saw only 16 shots, but stopped them all to earn the shutout. He'll likely get the start in Game 4.
Defenseman Brendan Smith made his first postseason appearance in coach Jeff Blashill's lineup, and he was effective. Smith helped shut down the Lightning's top line of Tyler Johnson, Nikita Kucherov and Alex Killorn. He was +1 with a shot on goal, 3 hits and 2 blocks.
Red Wings overwhelmingly outshoot Lightning
The shots on goal stat can be one of the most misleading since it doesn't take into consideration the quality of the shot. However, the Red Wings kept the Lightning to such a low number -- 16 -- on Sunday night that it's tough to ignore. It's the biggest difference, statistically speaking, between Games 2 and 3.
Hits are even through 3 games
Meanwhile, hits remain roughly even between the teams through three games. Gustav Nyquist and Darren Helm both registered 5 hits for the Red Wings on Sunday, which is a testament to Detroit's physical forechecking.