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Detroit looks to get back on track against Lightning

Detroit (9-2-3) at Tampa Bay (5-5-4), 7:30 p.m. EST

TAMPA, Florida (Ticker) -- Despite a stellar record, the Detroit

Red Wings are not happy with their play.

Following a deflating loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins - the team

they bounced in the Stanley Cup Finals last season - the Red

Wings hope to generate some sparks when they visit the

struggling Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday.

Detroit was the victim of a thunderous comeback, coughing up a

three-goal lead in the third period in its 7-6 overtime loss to

the Penguins on Tuesday.

Goaltender Chris Osgood surrendered a hat trick to Pittsburgh's

Jordan Staal in the third period and the game-winner to Ruslan

Fedotenko in the extra session.

"It's uncharacteristic, the way we've been playing without the

puck in our own zone," Osgood told the Detroit Free Press.

"We're just cycling around in our own end. If we continue this

all year, we're not going to go anywhere in the playoffs.

"But let's put it in perspective and let's not overreact to the

situation. We're playing teams that are gunning for us every

night, and we're not even playing good defensively. Are we

going to play like this in April? No, I 100 percent guarantee

that. When you look back on these games, it'll probably be a

good thing for us. They taught us a lesson, slapped us down a


The Lightning have endured struggles of their own. Their latest

shortcoming came in a 4-0 loss to the Florida Panthers on


Tampa Bay, which finished a road trip 1-3-1, managed just 24

shots, allowed two power-play goals to the league's worst team

with the man advantage and lost for the fourth time in five


Captain Vincent Lecavalier is mired in a five-game goalless

streak and has just two assists in that span. The Lightning

have scored six goals in their last four contests.



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