"It was a good win for our team. To be honest with you, I didn't think we were great," Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said. "I thought we were good in the first. I thought we turned over too many pucks and weren't as physical as we normally are. We didn't have as much energy."
Darren Helm also scored for Detroit, which won its sixth straight. Jimmy Howard made 33 saves, including stopping Matt Gilroy on a short-handed breakaway with 4:11 left. He had a few more big stops after the Lightning pulled goalie Dwayne Roloson for an extra attacker in the final two minutes.
"It was just being patient. I gave up a backdoor goal late in the second. I didn't want to do that again," Howard said. "I played a little deeper than I'd like in the last couple minutes. I gave myself a chance to make every save."
Martin St. Louis and Steven Stamkos scored for the Lightning, and Roloson stopped 31 shots.
"In the third period they made their power play work and we didn't make our power play work," Tampa Bay coach Guy Boucher said. "We kind of killed ourselves with a few turnovers."
Holmstrom's goal 4:22 into the third period gave Detroit a 3-2 lead. He deflected Nicklas Lidstrom's shot out of the air, about shin high, past Roloson for his fourth goal.
"I'm trying to get it on net. I'm trying to get it on the far side. I know Homer's trying to get in front of the net," Lidstrom said. "It was more of a lucky bounce that it hit him and went in."
Helm added his third goal, with 6:46 left, on a shot from the left circle.
"The fourth goal killed us," Stamkos said. "A defensive breakdown led to that goal. That can't happen."
Stamkos tied it at 2 with 14 seconds left in the second period, firing in a one-timed shot from the bottom of the left circle for his 16th goal. St. Louis' power-play goal 9:35 into the middle period put Tampa Bay on the board. He beat Howard from the slot for his seventh this season.
Datsyuk opened the scoring 4:58 in when he put in a one-timed shot from the inside edge of the left circle for his seventh goal. Ericsson's first of the season made it 2-0. He fired a shot past Roloson from the high slot with 8:56 left in the first period.
|Tomas Holmstrom deflects the puck past Dwayne Roloson for his fourth goal this season. (AP)|
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|04:58||- Pavel Datsyuk (7), Wrist Shot. Assist: Bertuzzi, Franzen|
|11:04||- Jonathan Ericsson (1), Wrist Shot. Assist: Filppula|
|09:35||Power Play - Martin St. Louis (7), Wrist Shot. Assist: Purcell, Bergeron|
|19:46||- Steven Stamkos (16), Wrist Shot. Assist: Gilroy, Lecavalier|
|04:22||Power Play - Tomas Holmstrom (4), Wrist Shot. Assist: Lidstrom, Datsyuk|
|13:14||- Darren Helm (3), Wrist Shot. Assist: Kindl, Ericsson|
|18:37||Stamkos, 2 min, Cross-Checking|
|04:39||Bertuzzi, 2 min, Unsportsmanlike Conduct|
|08:09||Ericsson, 2 min, Tripping|
|10:28||Thompson, 2 min, Slashing|
|23.0||Brunnstrom, 2 min, Goaltender Interference|
|04:13||Brewer, 2 min, Hooking|
|10:35||Hudler, 2 min, High-Sticking|
|14:45||Lecavalier, 4 min, High-Sticking|
|Shots On Goal|