Red Wings’ Riley Sheahan tees off on one-timer, scores game-winning goal late in first period

Another year, another set of playoff heroes for the Detroit Red Wings. Late in the first period of Game 5, with the Red Wings and Tampa Bay Lightning tied 0-0, 23-year-old Riley Sheahan put everything he had behind a one-timer to give Detroit a 1-0 lead heading into intermission. Sheahan’s huge blast stood as the game-winning goal as Detroit skated to a 4-0 victory.

There will eventually be a season in Detroit where there isn’t a new, young, fresh-faced forward scoring goals when the Detroit Red Wings need it most. Unfortunately for the Tampa Bay Lightning, 2014-15 isn’t going to be that season.

Late in the first period of Game 5, with the first-round series between Detroit and Tampa Bay tied 2-2, 23-year-old Riley Sheahan set up on his off-wing on the power play. And, from the spot where big time snipers like Alex Ovechkin and Steven Stamkos usually set up to uncork one-timers with the man advantage, Sheahan received a perfect pass in his wheelhouse from Niklas Kronwall and blasted it home. Blink and you’ll miss it:

The huge blast from Sheahan came with only 23 seconds left on the clock in the first frame and, when all was said and done, Sheahan’s tally stood as the game-winning goal as Detroit took a 3-2 series lead with a 4-0 shutout of the Lightning.

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After being held off the board in the first two games of the series, Sheahan has found the score sheet in each of the past three games. He had a goal in Game 3, an assist in Game 4 and, now, the game-winner in Game 5. It’s not surprising, either, that Sheahan is coming up big in the post-season. In his first full season in the NHL, Sheahan netted 13 goals and 36 points.

With the victory in Game 5, the Red Wings will now go back home to Detroit with the chance to eliminate the Lightning. With Tampa Bay one of the early favorites to win the Stanley Cup, if Detroit can pull off the Game 6 victory, it would definitely qualify as an upset.