Tampa Bay Sports Day

Misplayed Pass Dooms Detroit in Final Minutes

TAMPA – Detroit goalie Petr Mrazek’s pass from behind his net was intercepted by Ryan Callahan who fed it out front to Alex Killorn.

Killorn scored with 1:43 to play in the third period, lifting the Tampa Bay to a 1-0 win in Game 5 at of the NHL Stanley Cup playoffs at Amalie Arena.

“It was a play where (Mrazek) makes a goalie play and Callahan kind of jumped him and once I saw that he was out of his net I was just trying to gain position in front knowing that if (Callahan) could get it to me I could probably put it in,” Killorn said.

Killorn’s goal was his third of the 2016 playoffs and 13th postseason marker of his career.

Mrazek errant pass wasn’t far enough to Jonathan Ericsson. The Red Wings were eliminated in the first round of the playoffs for the third year in a row.

The Lightning’s all-time playoff record improves to 55-49 overall and 26-25 at home.

“Extremely frustrating,” said Detroit coach Jeff Blashill. “I thought our guys played really well. I thought we played a really good hockey game, couldn’t find a way to find the back of the net.”

Lightning goalie Ben Bishop was tremendous, making 34 saves and stopping three breakaways in the second period.

“You know sometimes you are feeling it I guess. I was able to make a couple saves there and keep the team in the game, then obviously in the third a big goal by (Killorn),” Bishop said.

The Lightning advance to the Second Round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs to face the winner between the New York Islanders and the Florida Panthers, a series that is currently tied 2-2.

GAME NOTES: Bishop has given up two goals or less in his last eight playoff starts and 10 of his last 11 playoff starts dating back to last year…the Lightning won all five games against Detroit at Amalie Arena this season…Amalie Arena was sold out for the 60th-consecutive game dating back to last season (includes playoffs). The Lightning sold out all 41 home games in 2015-16.