Tampa Bay Sports Day

NHL: Lightning Convert 3 of 5 Power Plays for 3-2 win

Detroit’s inability to stay out of the penalty box led to a 3-2 loss at historic Joe Louis Arena, giving Tampa Bay a 3-1 series lead in the Stanley Cup playoffs.

The Lightning have a chance to close out the first-round series at home Thursday in Game 5.

“When things aren’t going the way you like, we decided to change up our units a bit. We decided to put the puck in the hands of the guys who know what to do with it and challenge them,” said Lightning coach Jon Cooper.

The winner came when Ondrej Palat tipped in Jonathan Drouin’s shot with 2:59 left in regulation, the third conversion on five power plays of the night for the Lightning.

Two power play goals by Nikita Kucherov built a 2-0 lead by midway through the game.

“We still need to work on our structure. We didn’t give our guys a day off and it paid off. You don’t expect to go 3-for-5 and at some point special teams is going to effect a series. And it did tonight,” Cooper said.

Detroit went scoreless through four power play. The Red Wings rallied after trailing 2-0 to force a tie going into the third period.

Detroit’s Darren Helm averted a shutout with 5:07 left in the second. Gustav Nyquist, who had three goals his last 30 games of the regular season, scored his first of the playoffs at the end of period two.