TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Andrei Vasilevskiy made 22 saves in relief of Ben Bishop as the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Detroit Red Wings 4-1 Tuesday night in a game where both starting goalies left due to injuries.
Bishop was hurt 12 minutes into the first period, going down after kicking out his right leg to make a pad save on Nick Jensen’s shot. The Lightning said Bishop, who skated gingerly to the bench, has a lower-body injury.
Detroit’s Jimmy Howard departed with 12:41 remaining in the second. He was unable to put weight on his right leg following a goalmouth scramble involving Jensen and Tampa Bay’s Erik Condra.
Jensen, making his NHL debut, assisted on Anthony Mantha’s goal with 10.5 seconds left in the third.
Brian Boyle, Jonathan Drouin, Brayden Point and Vladislav Namestnikov scored for the Lightning, who are 3-7-2 over their last 12 games. Tampa Bay is 3-0 against Detroit this season.
Detroit, 1-4-1 over the last six games, had its NHL-worst road power play go 0 for 5. The Red Wings have converted just 2 of 40 chances overall away from home.
Both teams entered missing key players due to injury.
Tampa Bay is without center Steven Stamkos, forwards Ryan Callahan, Nikita Kucherov and Ondrej Palat.
Detroit’s injured list includes defensemen Mike Green, Brendan Smith and Alexey Marchenko, center Darren Helm and forward Justin Abdelkader. Defenseman Brian Lashoff was scratched one day after taking a puck to the mouth in Monday’s morning skate.
Boyle opened the scoring 7:02 into the game. Drouin, Point and Namestnikov made it 4-0 on second-period goals off Petr Mrazek, who replaced Howard.
NOTES: Bishop had four saves, whlle Howard stopped 12 of 13 shots.. … Tampa Bay is 6-8-2 without Stamkos, who is not expected back until mid-March. … Lightning C Tanner Richard made his NHL debut.
Red Wings: At Florida on Friday night to complete a two-game trip.
Lightning: Host St. Louis on Thursday night.