The all-star break wasn’t long enough to cool off the Tampa Bay Lightning.
The Lightning won its ninth game of its last 10, beating the Detroit Red Wings 3-1.
Tampa Bay is in second place in the Atlantic Division, five points behind Florida. Tampa Bay got two power play goals in the victory.
The Lightning got only four shots in the first and four in the third, but they made them count. J.T. Brown scored the game’s first goal. After Detroit tied it on a goal by Gustav Nyquist, Tyler Johnson scored his sixth goal of the year. Nikita Kucherov scored his 21st in the third period for the Lightning’s final goal.
“I felt good all day today,” Johnson said. “I thought it was one of my better games. My body physically feels good after that break, so I just have to keep building off that and get the confidence.”
Ben Bishop won his 100th game as a Lightning player, stopping 24 of 25 shots. Petr Mrazek stopped 20 shots for Detroit.