The Detroit Red Wings viewed this week as a litmus test of where they stacked up against some of the NHL's better teams. A 3-2 loss Monday on home ice to the Tampa Bay Lightning was followed by a 6-3 setback Wednesday at Toronto during which the Maple Leafs scored on four of their first five shots. "It's one of those nights where it just kind of goes in for them," Detroit coach Jeff Blashill said, "It just seemed that everything they threw at the net went in.
The last time the Pittsburgh Penguins skated in to Amalie Arena to take on the Tampa Bay Lightning, a track meet broke out with nine combined goals scored. The Penguins, which rallied to beat Florida 4-3 on Friday, were right behind at 3.57 goals per game. "You have two highly talented teams, lots of skill and lots of speed, so that's a lot easier said than done," Lightning associate coach Rick Bowness said.
The Columbus Blue Jackets are experiencing a power outage and crews are on the scene trying to fix the problem. In a 2-0 loss at home on Thursday to the Tampa Bay Lightning that ended a four-game winning streak, the crew failed miserably on the power play, going 0 of 3 and generating next to no shots on two of them. "We weren't good," Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella said Friday.
Looking for their first home victory of the season, the Ottawa Senators will face a monumental task when they entertain the Toronto Maple Leafs at Canadian Tire Centre on Saturday night. The Tampa Bay Lightning were next on the updated list at 9-1. "All that stuff is fluff," Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock told the Toronto Sun. "I have coached lots of good teams that were (No. 1) in the ranking, that won the Presidents' Trophy, that tied for the Presidents' Trophy and didn't win the Cup.
Mikhail Sergachev scored the first two goals of his NHL career, and the Tampa Bay Lightning cruised to a 2-0 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets in an early season battle of Eastern Conference front-runners Thursday night. Andrei Vasilevskiy posted his first shutout of the season with 43 saves for the Lightning. Nikita Kucherov finished with two assists but failed to score a goal for the first time this season, ending his seven-game streak.