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TAMPA, Fla. -- Alex Killorn popped in the eventual game-winner with 3:11 remaining on Saturday as the Tampa Bay Lightning banked two crucial points at the Olympic break with a 4-2 win over the Detroit Red Wings at Tampa Bay Times Forum.

Tampa Bay improved to 33-20-5 and eased seven points ahead of Detroit (26-20-12) in the Eastern Conference's Atlantic Division.

The goal was Killorn's 14th of the season. Right wing Teddy Purcell earned his 23rd assists, and center Tom Pyatt added his third assist after scoring his first goal earlier.

Tampa Bay twice appeared to have the go-ahead score in the third, but goaltender Jimmy Howard snapped down Victor Hedman's blast on an odd-man rush and right wing Nikita Kucherov somehow hit the pipe with a flick while standing next to the goal with 9:50 left.

Kucherov missed a penalty shot with 1:36 left but left wing Ondrej Palat added an empty-netter for his second goal of the game and 14th of the season.

Right wing Daniel Alfredsson gave Detroit a 1-0 lead with 2:42 left in the first period. The Swede was alone in front of goaltender Ben Bishop when center Pavel Datsyuk claimed a loose puck from two Lightning behind the net and circled for the open pass. The goal was the 14th of the season for Aldredsson. Datsyuk had his 18th assist for the 800th point of his 12-year career.

Tampa Bay used its second power play to tie the game, 1-1, less than two minutes into the second period as Palat flipped in his first power-play goal of the season, following up his rebound of Howard's save. The score -- off assists from Hedman (26) and Martin St. Louis (31) -- broke an 0-for-17 Tampa Bay shortfall with a man advantage.

Detroit used the leftover momentum from an unsuccessful power play to regain a 2-1 lead with 8:41 left in the second period when right wing Tomas Jurco bullied past center Nate Thompson to backhand in his third goal of the year. Center Riley Sheahan (8) and defenseman Danny DeKeyser (9) had assists.

Tampa Bay's grinders tied the score with just 2:46 left in the period when Pyatt held up the Red Wings at their offensive blue line, emerged with the puck and bulled by defenseman Jonathan Ericsson to carom in his first goal of the season off a defenseman's stick.

Defenseman Sami Salo (8) and right wing J.T. Brown (9) earned assists. The score came just two minutes after the Lightning's second successful penalty kill of the period.

NOTES: This was the final game for both teams before the Olympic break. Tampa Bay will send five players. Detroit will send 10 players and coach Mike Babcock (Canada). ... Tampa Bay is riddled with injury entering the Olympic break, especially at center. Two-time goal-scoring champion Steve Stamkos has yet to be medically cleared after breaking a leg on Nov. 11 and Valtteri Filppula (second on the Lightning with 20 goals and 41 points) suffered a non-displaced fracture of his right ankle in the third period of a 4-1 loss to Toronto on Thursday. He will miss at least three weeks. Tampa Bay recalled 2011 first-round draft pick C Vladislav Namestnikov from Syracuse of the American Hockey League, where he had 13 goals and 30 points in 31 games. ... Lightning G Ben Bishop also left Thursday night's game at the second intermission with an undisclosed upper-body injury and missed practice on Friday but started Saturday. Tampa Bay had recalled G Kristers Gudlevskis from Syracuse. ... The game was the 6,000th in Red Wings history (2,761-2,320-104 with 815 ties entering play). ... Red Wings RW Gustav Nyquist has nine goals and 14 points in his past 11 games.
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