Legwand, Red Wings top Lightning 3-2

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 30, 2014 at 7:59 pm •  Published: March 30, 2014
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DETROIT (AP) — Desperation fueled the Detroit Red Wings on Sunday night.

David Legwand had a goal and an assist, and Detroit held off the Tampa Bay Lightning 3-2 to move into seventh place in the Eastern Conference.

The Red Wings are trying to stretch their playoff streak to 23 seasons, the longest such active streak in North American professional sports.

"We got to find to find a way to win some games here to get in. We've got Washington breathing down our necks and Columbus is right with us here, and Toronto's in the mix too," said Gustav Nyquist, who extended his point streak to nine games with his 27th goal. "... Everyone's going to be playing for their playoff lives here. It's a good thing we have it in our own hands at least."

Jonas Gustavsson stopped 26 shots and Joakim Andersson also scored for Detroit, which won 4-2 in Toronto on Saturday night.

"It's huge obviously to get four points on a back-to-back weekend is big," Legwand said. "Especially the race is so tight and if we can start gaining some ground here and getting some traction we'll be all right."

It was Mike Babcock's 411th win as the Red Wings' coach. He passed Scotty Bowman and moved into second place in franchise history behind Jack Adams (413).

"Scotty's the greatest coach of all time in our business. The way the business was then and the way it is now, to have the amount of wins Scotty has is impossible and you're not going to get to coach so many Stanley Cup champions," Babcock said. "You're not able to keep teams together like they used to. Scotty should be in a class by himself."

Valtteri Filppula and Sami Salo scored for Tampa Bay and Ben Bishop made 27 saves.

"We played a pretty good game. ... Got a solid 60 minutes, but didn't get the result we wanted," Lightning center Steven Stamkos said. "They're a good team and they played desperate game."

Salo scored his fourth goal to pull Tampa Bay within 3-2 with 4:29 left in the third.

Legwand made it 3-1 with a power-play goal with 3:24 left in the second period, tipping in Johan Franzen's shot for his 13th goal.

Nyquist gave the Red Wings a 2-1 lead with 4:36 remaining in the opening period with his spectacular goal. He was being bothered by Lightning defenseman Matthew Carle on a breakaway and after Carle thwarted the initial attempt, Nyquist slid in a shot from along the goal line. Legwand got the assist.

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