Stay out of the box

DETROIT >> In Tampa Bay’s two loses in the series, the Lightning have gone 0-for-13 on the power play.

In their win they went 2-for-4.

“We’re on the penalty kill way too much, got to stay out of the box, that’s crazy,” Wings coach Mike Babcock said. “We have good penalty killers. We’ve had good penalty killers. We got off to a great start this year, we struggled in net for a while there, but we seem to have our penalty killing back. To test it each night with six or seven is crazy, three would be enough.”

The Lighting also failed to score with 53 seconds of a two-man advantage.

“Well special teams are so magnified in games,” Tampa Bay coach Jon Cooper said. “You look at Game 1 and the special teams were 2-1 Detroit. They ended up winning by a goal. Was that the difference? Who knows? What was last night? 1-0 for them, they end up winning by two but special team goals have an impact. You look at Game 2, 2-0 for us, we end up winning the game. So you do the math and you’re looking at how these wins are chalking up. Special teams do matter.”


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