DETROIT — The Tampa Bay Lightning moved into a tie for second place in the Discover Central Division with a 2-1 win against the Detroit Red Wings at Little Caesars Arena on Sunday.
The Lightning and Florida Panthers each have 73 points and are two points behind the first-place Carolina Hurricanes. All three have clinched a Stanley Cup Playoff berth with one spot remaining in the eight-team division.
Blake Coleman had a goal and an assist for the Lightning (35-14-3), who have points in six straight games (5-0-1). Christopher Gibson, making his second start of the season, made 22 saves for his first NHL win since a 4-1 victory for the New York Islanders against the Pittsburgh Penguins on March 20, 2018.
Filip Zadina scored, and Jonathan Bernier made 40 saves for the Red Wings (18-27-9), who have scored three goals in their past five games.
After being shut out on Saturday, the Lightning needed 16 seconds to take a 1-0 lead in the second game of the back-to-back set when Coleman scored off a pass from Barclay Goodrow.
Mikhail Sergachev put the Lightning up 2-0 at 1:09 of the second period, sliding a point shot through traffic for his third goal.
Zadina cut it to 2-1 at 13:37, finishing off a 4-on-2 break by slapping home Vladislav Namestnikov‘s pass.
Tampa Bay took three penalties in a 1:50 span of the third period, giving Detroit a 3:50 power play that included two minutes of 5-on-3. Detroit got five shots on the power play, but only one during the two-man advantage.
Lightning goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy was a healthy scratch for the second straight game.