Red Wings look to end run of futility vs. Lightning

The Detroit Red Wings pulled off a surprise against old rival Detroit on Friday. They’ll try to end a long streak of futility against Eastern Conference opponent Tampa Bay on Sunday.The Wings snapped a six-game winless streak by edging another Original Six team, Chicago, 2-1 in Detroit.Goalie Jonathan Bernier was the star, turning aside 32 shots. The Wings, who had dropped 10 of their previous 11 outings, snapped the Blackhawks’ four-game winning streak.Detroit continues a four-game homestand against Tampa Bay. The Lightning have won 16 consecutive regular-season games against the Red Wings, the longest winning streak in franchise history against any opponent and the third-longest in league history. Detroit’s most recent win over Tampa Bay came in November 2015.In fact, the Wings have three chances before the end of the season to repay the Lightning. This will be the second of four meetings. In the first one on Dec. 29 at Tampa, Bernier made 37 saves, but the Wings’ offense failed him in a 2-1 defeat.All of Detroit’s goals in Friday’s win came in the second period.”We weren’t very good in the third,” coach Jeff Blashill said. “It looked like a team that hasn’t won much, kind of self-combusted at times. But (Bernier) stayed strong. Again, I thought for 40 minutes we were good. We looked like a hockey team. We had the puck a lot. We did a lot of the things we want to do to be a better team.”Tyler Bertuzzi ended a scoring drought with his first goal in 14 games. He scored off a feed from center Dylan Larkin, who reached the 50-point mark this season.”As long as we’re winning, that’s not something I think about at all,” Bertuzzi told NHL.com. “Obviously, you want to help score, you want to contribute to wins. It felt good to get a goal tonight. It was bigger to get a win.”Robby Fabbri scored Detroit’s other goal on a power play.

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