Detroit sports glance: Red Wings fall 2-0 in series; Tigers blanked by Astros

By Dave Hart

Lightning 5, Red Wings 2 – The Tampa Bay Lightning scored three unanswered goals to break a 2-2 tie and defeat the Red Wings in Game 2 of the first round of the playoffs on Friday night.

LSJ Logo incertThe Lightning lead the best of seven series 2-0, Detroit will host Game 3 of the series on Sunday night.

Tampa Bay was led by Tyler Johnson with two goals and two assists while Alex Killorn and Nikita Kucherov chipped in with a goal and an assist.

Dylan Larkin and Brad Richards each scored a goal for the Red Wings.

Detroit goaltender Jimmy Howard took the loss, stopping 26 of 30 shots.Eye on the D

1st Round: Tampa Bay leads series 2-0

# wins to Stanley Cup Championship: 16

# wins to Eastern Conference Championship: 12

# losses to elimination: 2

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: 04/17/2016 Game 3 of 1st Round vs Tampa Bay Lightning @ Joe Louis Arena

Stats: Goals- Dylan Larkin (1), Brad Richards (1). Assists- Mike Green (1), Jonathan Ericsson (1), Niklas Kronwall (1), Tomas Tatar (2). Goalie- Jimmy Howard L (0-2) 26 saves on 30 shots.

Astros 1, Tigers 0- The Houston Astros handed the Tigers their first shutout of the season on Friday night.

The Astros’ starting pitcher Dallas Keuchel threw eight scoreless innings, allowing five hits while striking out four batters.

Houston scored its lone run on an RBI single from Colby Rasmus in the first inning.

Detroit’s Mike Pelfrey pitched the loss, allowing one run on five hits in six innings.

The Tigers will look to even the series with a win against the Astros on Saturday night.

Record: 6-3

3rd Place in AL Central Division (1.5 games behind Chicago)

1 game ahead of three teams for last playoff spot

Magic # to clinch a playoff spot: 153

Magic # to clinch an AL Central Division title: 155

Next Game: 04/16/2016 @ Houston Astros 7:10 p.m. @ Minute Maid Park

Hitting stats: N/A

Pitching stats: Mike Pelfrey L (0-2) 6 IP 5 H 1 R 1 ER 6 BB 3 K.



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