Palat has 2 goals, Lightning beat Red Wings 4-2

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 8, 2014 at 10:34 pm •  Published: February 8, 2014
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TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The Detroit Red Wings latest milestone game had a disheartening outcome.

Alex Killorn scored a tiebreaking goal late in the third period, Ondrej Palat had two goals and the Tampa Bay Lightning beat Detroit 4-2 Saturday night in the Red Wings' 6,000th regular-season game.

Daniel Alfredsson and Tomas Jurco scored for Detroit, which has a record of 2,761-2,320-815-104 since joining the NHL for the 1926-27 season.

"We didn't have everybody being good enough here tonight in my opinion," Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said. "I felt we could have found a way to be better."

Killorn beat Jimmy Howard from just outside the crease to give the Lightning a 3-2 lead with 3:11 to play. Palat added an empty-net goal with 63 seconds left.

"I just felt that they competed harder around the front of the net at the end of the game," Babcock said. "We didn't compete hard enough around the front of the net, and that's defensively, offensively. You can't have guys be more determined than you."

Tampa Bay also got a goal from Tom Pyatt. The Lightning, who had lost four of five, are second in the Atlantic Division, one-point ahead of Montreal and Toronto.

"For everybody, it was a little bit of a cloud was lifted," Tampa Bay coach Jon Cooper said. "I know it's one game, but the taste of winning lasts for two weeks, and that's a good taste to have."

Detroit, which has battled injuries to key players this season, entered on a 6-2-2 stretch. The Red Wings, 0-2-2 against Tampa Bay this season, trails the Lightning by seven points.

"We feel pretty good about ourselves," Red Wings defenseman Jonathan Ericsson said. "Would have been feeling way better if we came out with a win."

The Red Wings went ahead 2-1 on Jurco's nifty backhander at 11:19 of the second. The rookie stopped a 14-game goal drought.