By Dave Hart |
Lightning 1, Red Wings 0 – Alex Killorn’s game-winning goal with 1:43 remaining in regulation paced the Tampa Bay Lightning over the Red Wings in Game 5 on Thursday night.
Tampa Bay goaltender Ben Bishop stopped all 34 Red Wing shots while Detroit’s Petr Mrazek stopped 23 of 24 shots.
The Red Wings have been eliminated in the first round three years in a row, two times against the Lightning and once by the Boston Bruins during the 2014 postseason.
# wins to Stanley Cup Championship: 15
# wins to Eastern Conference Championship: 11
Eliminated for playoffs
Record: 41-30-11 93 pts
Tied for 3rd Place in Atlantic Division (8 pts behind Florida)
Tied for 7th Place in Eastern Conference (25 pts behind Washington)
Clinched a 25th straight playoff berth
Eliminated from Central Division and Eastern Conference title contention
Next Game: TBD (off-season)
Stats: Goals- N/A. Assists- N/A. Goalie- Petr Mrazek L (1-2) 23 saves on 24 shots.
Royals 4, Tigers 0 – The Kansas City Royals held the Tigers scoreless on Thursday night to win the three-game series.
Mike Moustakas paced Kansas City with a solo home run, while Alcides Escobar added an RBI double and Lorenzo Cain knocked in a run.
Kansas City’s starting pitcher Edinson Volquez allowed no runs on five hits in seven innings while striking out five batters.
The Tigers lone extra base hit was a double by Ian Kinsler, who had his ninth multi-hit game of the season for Detroit.
Detroit’s starting pitcher Mike Pelfrey struggled in his third straight game, allowing four runs on eight hits in five innings.
The Tigers will return home for a seven-game home stand starting Friday night against the Cleveland Indians.
3rd Place in AL Central Division (1.5 games behind Kansas City)
Tied with Oakland for last playoff spot
Magic # to clinch a playoff spot: 148
Magic # to clinch an AL Central Division title: 150
Next Game: 04/22/2016 vs Cleveland Indians 7:10 p.m. @ Comerica Park
Hitting stats: Ian Kinsler 2B (3).
Pitching stats: Mike Pelfrey L (0-3) 5 IP 8 H 4 R 3 ER 5 BB 2 K.