Tampa Bay Has Slight Edge Over Red Wings in Game 7

Tampa Bay Has Slight Edge Over Red Wings in Game 7
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Tampa Bay forward Tyler Johnson and Red Wings goal-tender Petr Mrazek promise an exciting duel ahead of Game 7 of the NHL playoffs. The match is scheduled on Wednesday evening.


Johnson’s brace at Detroit barred the Red Wings from rounding up the series on home-ice in Game 6, Monday night. Lightning won 5-2 in Game 6. The League’s highest-scoring side now faces acid test with Game 7 at home as Mrazek’s heroics and the Red Wings’ defensive strategy kept them at bay.

The series swung both ways before going to the wire. The Red Wing goal-tender pulled of 23 saves in Game 6, the best being the reflex-controlled stick stop of Brian Boyle in the second period.

Each side registered alternate wins, scoring 15 goals each so far.

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“This is Game 7. We worked extremely hard to get ourselves in this position,” Tampa Bay star Steven Stamkos revealed a day before the decider. “No one remembers what happened in Game 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6. We have to be a lot better than we have been. They’ve come in here and beat us twice. We have that mentality we were the best team at home in the league for a reason, and we have to show that.”

The winners will play the Eastern Conference semifinals at Montreal.

The victories in Game 1 and Game 5 at Tampa Bay could boost the Red Wings ahead of the final encounter. Though the last time they played a Game 7 in the playoffs, they lost 1-2 to Chicago Blackhawks, conceding an unfortunate goal in overtime.

But the Detroit outfit will miss their dependable defense-man Niklas Kronwall. The veteran star is ruled out of the game due to a one-match suspension he picked up for “launching into a hit” on Tampa Bay forward Nikita Kucherov. The NHL department of Player Safety announced the suspension on Tuesday.